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13 Reasons We Loved Returning to Cuenca in Ecuador

13 Reasons We Loved Returning to Cuenca in Ecuador

Our first visit to Cuenca was in 2008. More recently we returned to the third city of Ecuador in June 2017. We had loved it the first time, and we loved returning for a second taste. We had to leave, after just a week, to make it to Pujilí in time for the Corpus...
Far-west with Whales

Far-west with Whales

The coastal route doesn’t showcase the best of north Peru for the tourist; much more excitement on the Andean route. Loads to see there. But we got that tick last year and boy, is it a sloooow way to go! So this time, after arriving in south Peru from Brazil, crossing...
Chimborazo

Chimborazo

6,263.47 m / 20,549.4 ft Der höchste Punkt Ecuadors. Der höchste Punkt in unmittelbarer Nähe des Äquators. Jetzt wird es also ernst. Alles vorher war nur Vorbereitung auf das was jetzt kommt. Kindergeburtstag quasi. Caro ist zurück in den Amazonas um noch ein paar...
Ecuador

Ecuador

  Ein SO diverses interessantes Land. Und dabei ist Ecuador so klein im Vergleich zu Kolumbien oder den noch kommenden südamerikanischen Ländern. Und dennoch wussten wir, dass wir wahrscheinlich wieder das Visum aufs Maximale ausreizen würden. Mit einem Viertel...
A Fiesta, Famous across Ecuador, yet Unknown to Tourists

A Fiesta, Famous across Ecuador, yet Unknown to Tourists

The Celebration of Octava de Corpus Christi in Pujilí We went to Pujilí on the recommendation of a fellow overlander. He said there was a ‘dance festival’ on June 17th. In Pujilí we discovered a fiesta celebrating Corpus Christi, involving three colourful parades, and...
Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva

Time stood still in Villa de Leyva for a long time, but not anymore. Nowadays I think is Colombia’s most visited colonial town especially that Bogota with its 10 million population is 3-4 hours drive away. The streets are paved with cobblestones, the buildings...
Ingapirca: Not Just the Most Famous Inca Site in Ecuador

Ingapirca: Not Just the Most Famous Inca Site in Ecuador

When we left Cuenca, on our way north to the Pujili Corpus Christi festival, we decided to visit Ingapirca, often called Ecuador’s most important Inca ruin site. We drove off the Pan American, and climbed the winding mountain road towards the ruin site. As we rounded...
Punchi Warmi

Punchi Warmi

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, July 1st with their...
Inti Raymi continued

Inti Raymi continued

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 Sunday while things were normal. Later on it came down on the news that fight...
Post 505

Post 505

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 you, often used to describe a person who...
Beyond Inti Raymi

Beyond Inti Raymi

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 against the conquistadors. The ‘zamarros’ aka...
Inti Raymi, the show goes on

Inti Raymi, the show goes on

The Inti Raymi dances went on and on Saturday in the main plaza and streets of Cotacachi. People were quite soggy by the end of the day from all the alcohol consumed and smokes rolled. In the meantime I got locked-in by an suv in the parking lot, couldn’t leave....
Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi

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 place where we went for the Easter celebration. This event in...
Colonial hangover

Colonial hangover

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 in the chuchaqui state....
Getting close

Getting close

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 close, very close to the action, basically breathing down their neck so to say,...
Corpus Christi, Pujili, Part 2

Corpus Christi, Pujili, Part 2

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 the locals participated at the parade in a...
Corpus Cristi, Pujili, Part 1

Corpus Cristi, Pujili, Part 1

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 experience was a full blown fiesta/parade in Pujili, in the...
Amazonia – die Lümmel von der ersten Bank

Amazonia – die Lümmel von der ersten Bank

  Schul-Leben Das Volunteering (unsere eigentliche Aufgabe hier, NICHT das ganze Chicha-Getrinke des letzten Eintrags) gestaltete sich sehr interessant. Jeden Tag haben wir von 7.30 bis 10.00 Uhr eine Klasse. Mal im Alter von 5-7, mal von 8-11 und mal von 12-18. Dabei...