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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...
Toacaso, outside the arena

Toacaso, outside the arena

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 away and the ATV’s take over here too.        ...
Toacaso, arena action

Toacaso, arena action

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 turned into a rainy day. The setup pretty much the same, chagras,...
The other side of the Andes

The other side of the Andes

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 weather, the highest we touched was 44 C. This is where the Ecuadorian...
Machachi 2

Machachi 2

A few more shots from Machachi. It’s been a week ago but I was out of internet for a while.       The post Machachi 2 appeared first on BARNA...
Sinchi Warmi

Sinchi Warmi

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 great. Watch for bug bites though!       The post...
Amazonia – ein Traum wird war

Amazonia – ein Traum wird war

  Kaum zu glauben, dass wir uns diesen Traum erfüllen konnten. Ein Traum, der weniger auf meiner offiziellen Löffelliste als mehr in meinen Träumen existierte. Ein Traumtraum quasi. Als Kind verlor man sich oft in den grünen unheimlichen Weiten des Duschungelbuchs,...
Machachi

Machachi

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.       The post Machachi appeared first on BARNA...