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October 26, 2020

New Years in Ecuador – How to celebrate with the locals!

Ecuadorians have a thing about New Years-it’s a big deal! Set apart from the celebrations in Times Square.
May 3, 2020
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Inti Raymi Ecuador: Festival of the Inca Sun God

May 22, 2019
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May 24th: The Battle of Pichincha-The Defeat of the Spanish in Ecuador

On May 24th in 1822, a battle took place on the slopes of the Guagua Pichincha Volcano above Quito that would end the Spanish occupation of […]
October 31, 2018
Cultural Travel in Ecuador-Day of the Dead and the Independence of Cuenca

Cultural Travel in Ecuador-Day of the Dead and the Independence of Cuenca

Day of the Dead, on November 2nd is a traditional holiday observed all over Ecuador. November 3rd in Cuenca, the people take to the streets in […]
February 9, 2018

Learning to live in Ecuador like a true local in Ecuador

Learning to live in Ecuador like a true local, can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. Folks from the cities have […]
January 8, 2018

Culture Shock? Embrace the Adventure when Traveling in Ecuador

As someone who has looked back on my introduction to Ecuador and compared it to a Jackson Pollack painting, I understand traveler’s initial immersion into the […]
August 21, 2016
Medicinal plants of Ecuador

Medicinal plants of Ecuador

It's estimated seven out of ten Ecuadorians use medicinal plants. Ethnobiologist Omar Vacas has spent 15 years researching local flora used for centuries to cure diseases.
July 31, 2016

Pawkar Raymi, as celebrated in Otavalo, Ecuador

Carnival has an ethnic flavor in the Sierra Norte (northern Andes). There are mestizo, indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian celebrations