Your Conference Dinner and/or Tours may be added during the registration process in the registration area. However, if you have already registered and now wish to add the dinner or the tour, please email the Conference Secretariat at this link with your request.
After your original registration, payment for additional accommodations, dinners and/or tours will be charged to the credit card that we have on file for you. If you prefer that an alternate card be charged, please submit the new card number when submitting your amended booking request.
Conference Dinner-Wednesday, 6 January 2010-7:00 PM (19:00)
The Conference Dinner will be held at Restaurante Villarosa located at Gran Colombia 12 – 22, Cuenca. This lovely restaurant is a local favorite and owned by the friendly Berta Vintimilla family. The setting is divine: the enclosed courtyard of an old Cuencan home elegantly refurbished into a restaurant. Marble floors, crisp white tablecloths, and comfortable wooden chairs may make this place feel more like a restaurant in Paris than one in Cuenca, but the creative cuisine here has its roots in Ecuador. Mrs. Vintimilla bakes the delicious empanadas herself and many of the recipes for the Ecuadorian specials come from her family. The service is excellent, the wine is refreshing, and every ingredient used in the kitchen is of the highest quality. After eating here you will know why this is a favorite among locals and travelers.
Cuenca Walking Tour-Tuesday, 05 January 2010-6:30 PM (18:30)
Starting from downtown Cuenca’s downtown, you will enjoy the most beautiful Ecuadorian city visiting the famous Rouses market, the Cuenca’s New Cathedral, Calderon Park (Central Park), the San Sebastian Plaza which is locally famous for a very interesting colonial architecture and the City Modern Art Museum. If time allows you can also enjoy a very special walk to the neighborhood of la Merced where you will find houses from the Colonial and Republican period.
The Cuenca walking tour will begin at 6:30 PM (18:30) at Calderon Park (Cathedral Church) and last approximately 60 to 90 minutes. From the Crespo and the Cordero Hotel it is about a 15 minute walk. From the Oro Verde Hotel the distance is about 1 mile. Taxis are abundant in this area and an average ride should be no more than $1USD to $2USD.
Cuenca City Tour by Bus-Thursday, 07 January 2010-6:30 PM (18:30)
Join us on a 2-2-1/2 bus tour as we visit the river side known as El Barranco. Located throughout the river Tomebamba, between the bridge of Vergel and The Ford, in their ends, and among the Calle Large, El Barranco is one of the cultural most beautiful attractions in Cuenca. This tour will enable you to see Cuenca’s colonial town on one side and the new residential homes on the other. You will be amazed at the beautiful architecture that Cuenca has to offer. The conclusion of the trip will be a visit to Turi. Turi sits atop a steep hill, providing a gorgeous, panoramic view of the city lights below and the mountains that surround it. Don’t forget your camera! This will be an excellent opportunity to take beautiful pictures.
The bus for the Cuenca City tour will leave promptly at 6:30 PM (18:30) from Calderon Park (Cathedral Church) and last approximately 2 – 2 -1/2 hours. From the Crespo and the Cordero Hotel it is about a 15 minute walk. From the Oro Verde Hotel the distance is about 1 mile. Taxis are abundant in this area and an average ride should be no more than $1USD to $2USD. The tour will end at the same location.