One of the first things I noticed about Cuenca was just how clean it was (and continues to be!). The men/women in little green suits -- cleaning, sweeping, and throwing away garbage -- seem to abound on every corner.
I'm not sure if it's due to the UNESCO status that Cuenca holds or if it is just a squeaky clean city, but it never goes unnoticed (by us!).
When my husband first visited Cuenca in February of this year, he used to tease me on the phone and say, "There goes another one in a 'pink' suit!" He was referring to the multi-diversity of the cleaning uniforms (green, blue and orange). The rainbow of colors are all doing the same thing...keeping Cuenca beautiful.
That is not to say that there isn't the occasional litter along the streets, but "magically" by the next day it seems to be clean once again. We even see the street vendors washing off their section of the sidewalk at the end of the day. It seems like the Cuencanos take pride in keeping their city looking pristine.
Mother nature also seems to help out by giving almost a daily dose of rain (either by night or by day) to finish off what the men in little green suits started!
Until next time...hasta luego!
Consuelo y Marco
Living and retiring in ecuador, Cuenca, UNESCO, Cuenca Real Estate