There is a particular question about dealing with Cuenca Sectors, Barrios, & Parroquias which I get asked, and which also gets posted to social media very often:
“Where the heck is sector (or barrio or parroquia)?”
Here are some quotes from emails I’ve gotten:
“I know that ‘Gringolandia’ is in San Sebastian, but where is Zona Rosa?”
“Is Paroquia Bella Vista the same thing as barrio Bella Vista?”
“I told my taxi driver to take me to ‘El barrio de Miraflores,’ meaning the park, but ended up way out next to little plaza called ‘Miraflores.’ Where was I?”
“I thought my bus was the 25 because it has a sign that says ‘Vergel’, but it didn’t go anywhere near Supermaxi El Vergel or the Iglesia El Vergel! What gives?”
As I’ve said before, getting around in a new city is hard enough, but try to do it in a city where the locals have no sense of which direction is North, East, South, or West and where the same names are used for streets, mercados, sectors, barrios, AND places called parroquias!
Today, I have a special treat for you! I found the map of all the sectors and urban paroquias of Cuenca! Unfortunately, I didn’t find it online from a source where I could simply cut and paste a link. I found it mounted on a huge board on the wall of a print shop in El Centro. As matter of fact, it was so big, I couldn’t back up enough to take a whole picture of it.
Seeing the girl at the counter starting to notice me in their garage, I quickly stepped over and asked, “Puedo tomar unos photos de su mapa grande?” I’m sure she figured I was just another crazy gringo and waved her hand to give permission.
Now… how to get close enough to catch the detail without the flash causing a glare on the glossy surface AND take enough pictures with overlap to be able to discern all of the different areas on the entire map.
Well, you be the judge. I tried to get the best shots possible so you can still zoom in and see the detail of the names. I think I did pretty well, there’s only one picture that seems to be a bit out of focus. Here they are, laid out like you read, going from left to right, west to east across the top, then back to the left a little lower to scan back to the east, or to the right.
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So you have some homework to do! Good luck, if you like maps as much as I do, you should have a good few hours of fun looking at all the different names of areas. You may, like me, also get a kick out of all the streets called “Sin Nombre.”