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WANT TO KNOW WHEN YOU CAN TRAVEL LONGER (OR REST MORE) DURING YOUR TIME HERE?

Here are the dates of the public holidays of Ecuador for this year.  See them carefully and plan your time and activities better.  Note that most banks, shops and other commercial places remain closed during these festivities.  Prepare yourself with anticipation and enjoy them at their fullest!

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Besides the public national holidays, there are plenty more local celebrations in the country due to its cultural diversity, such as Fiesta de la Mama Negra in Latacunga, Fiesta de la Virgen del Quinche, Inti Raymi -fiesta del sol- in the Andean Region, among others.  There is always something for everyone, so prepare yourself to a mixture of learning, culture and nature while in Ecuador!

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Did you know that during Holy Week there are religious processions and an endless supply of fanesca all over the country?  
Fanesca is a typical warm soup. Its primary ingredients are fig-leaf gourd (zambo), pumpkin (zapallo) and twelve varieties of local beans and grains (representing the 12 apostles of Jesus). It comes with bacalao due to the Catholic prohibition agains red meat, specially on Good Friday.  It comes garnished with hard boiled eggs, fried plantains, parsley, herbs and empanadas.  After the fanesca, mushed potatoes on a lettuce leaf is served.