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“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”


Inti Raymi

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

Inti Raymi is the celebration of the summer solstice. This event is celebrated just about everywhere in South America. Being in Ecuador at the moment I chose to observe this event in Cotacachi, the same [...]

Colonial hangover

By | June 23rd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

Chuchaqui is a word adopted from the Quechua language, which means hangover from drunkenness. Also often used to describe the contradictory state between colonialism and independence. Bullfighting is one of the Spanish customs that is [...]

Getting close

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

While in case of events I prefer long lens with cropped frame camera, in tight spaces it might help to have an extra setup. In my case that's 16-35 mm on full frame. You are [...]

Corpus Christi, Pujili, Part 2

By | June 21st, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , |

A second series of photos from the Corpus Christi celebration in the Andean town of Pujili, Ecuador. On Saturday there was a national participation, groups representing basically all regions of the country. On Sunday only [...]

Corpus Cristi, Pujili, Part 1

By | June 20th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , |

For a small country Ecuador offers a wide range of cultural and geographical experience. It's an amazing country. While a year ago we have seen a small-ish Corpus Cristi parade in Panama, this year the [...]

Toacaso, more photos

By | June 13th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

OK, let's do another post on the Toacaso chagra event.  

Toacaso, outside the arena

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , |

Yesterday I posted photos of what happens in the rodeo ring. Today we look at photos taken outside the arena. This is one of those events in Ecuador I warmly recommend visiting before it vanishes [...]

Toacaso, arena action

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

A third visit to a chagra event took place at the high altitude small town of Toacaso, Cotopaxi, at about 3,100 meters altitude. When we arrived it was absolutely stunning sunny weather which later on [...]

The other side of the Andes

By | June 10th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

We rolled down to the other side of the Andes. Drove up to Nueva Loja, practically 20 km from the Colombian border, then down to Coca, Loreto, Archidona, Tena and Puerto Misahualli. Hot, hot, hot [...]

Machachi 2

By | June 10th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, travel|Tags: , , , , |

A few more shots from Machachi. It's been a week ago but I was out of internet for a while.      

Sinchi Warmi

By | June 9th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

We stayed two nights at Sinchi Warmi lodge by Misahualli. A very nice place ran by indigenous families, well organized and very clean. The only thing missing is wifi at this place, everything else is [...]


By | June 4th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , , |

I was really enchanted with my last series of 'chagra' in Ecuador, so I decided to visit another competition and shoot a new series of photos. I think the photos talk for themselves.     [...]

Rumipamba, final part

By | May 31st, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

Here is the last part of the Rumipamba event.

Chagras Part 3

By | May 31st, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

Here is the third part of the photos I took at the Rumipamba event. It was one of my favourite photography moments in Ecuador.  


By | May 30th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

Part two of the Rumipamba event in Ecuador.  


By | May 30th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, travel|Tags: , , , , |

The official description goes like 'Cabalgada de identidad Ruminahuense'. Location: Sangolqui-Rumipamba. Participants: Chagras de Ecuador aka Cowboys of Ecuador. Event: a two day absolutely down to Earth parade-rodeo and what comes with it. Day one: parade [...]


By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

These photos are taken at the Parque Condor bird sanctuary in Otavalo.  


By | May 18th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

As far as I know there are only two topiary gardens in Latin America, Parque Francisco Alvarado, in Zarcero, Costa Rica and the Topiary Garden Cemetery in Tulcan, Ecuador.  We paid a visit to both on our [...]

Post No.484

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, photography, travel|Tags: , , , , |

Never lower your camera, never quit practicing. I watched a video with a frontline guitar player the other day, yup 3-4 hours practice every day, he said. Why would photography be different? There's always something [...]

Olmedo Pesillo

By | May 14th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, travel|Tags: , , |

One of those 'just drive and we'll see where we end up' day-trip. Drove up from Ibarra to Zuleta and kept going until we reached Olmedo-Pesillo. There are two adjacent indigenous villages under one jurisdiction. [...]

Green desert

By | May 13th, 2017|Categories: dog, Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , |

Although we are basically in a desert(ish) place, at least that's how it looked 6-7 months ago when we were here before we crossed to Colombia, now it's all green. It rains cats and dogs [...]

Canon 70-200 F2.8L surgery

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, gear, travel|Tags: , , , |

I the past few weeks my Canon 70-200 F2.8L felt somewhat strange then it became more and more obvious that is sick. The lens elements became loose. The front element above the focus ring and [...]

Post No.480

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

With quite a few blog posts and thousands of photos uploaded already sometimes I have no clue how to name a new blog post. Obviously people will look at the photos and maybe read a [...]

San Antonio

By | May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , |

San Antonio, I wonder how many places are carrying this name. Probably at least one per each Latin American country. There are at least two in Ecuador San Antonio de Pichincha and San Antonio de [...]


By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, travel|Tags: , , , , , |

Scary, strange, adjusting, getting used to it and normal. I guess these are the stages of traveling in Latin America. Blending in and understanding it 100% is out of question, I think you need to [...]