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Punchi Warmi

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

Punchi Warmi means Women's Power in Quechua language. After having the men's 'toma de la plaza'  '(occupy the plaza) event for four days in Cotacahi Ecuador, the women closed the Inti Raymi celebrations on Saturday, [...]

Inti Raymi continued

By | July 1st, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , , , , |

According to the local media there were about 2,000 dancers at the Inti Raymi festival in Cotacachi the past weekend and about 370 police. I left the event at about two in the afternoon on [...]

Post 505

By | June 28th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador|Tags: , , , |

These days everything has a meaning. I reached blog post 505 and looked up what the number means. Actually more than one thing: Pronounced Five-Oh-Five. The thing which is simultaneously keeping you alive and killing [...]

Beyond Inti Raymi

By | June 27th, 2017|Categories: Ecuador, travel|Tags: , , |

Inti Raymi is the celebration of the summer solstice. Sounds simple and it is. In Cotacachi it's taken beyond that by men on the 'Toma de la Plaza' days. It morphed into a rebellious act [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]