Category: Ecuadorian Culture

Ecuadorian culture is rich and diverse. This small country is not characterized by single traditions or cultural habits but rather by a range of cultures peacefully coexisting. Up until today, culture plays an important role in the everyday life of Ecuadorians. Read about Ecuador’s many traditions and cultural diversity and get inspired .


Quito foundation celebrations – Fiestas de Quito 2018

In the parades the different cultures of Quito are represented.

Although I have lived in Ecuador for three years I never made it to the Fiestas de Quito, the celebrations of the foundation of the city. So this year I was really looking forward to it and was curious how it would be like. We already wrote an article about these famous festivities, their history […]

Ecuador for Vegetarians – Tips and recommendations

Corn with cheese are a nutritious snack

When you are a vegetarian and traveling through Ecuador your first impression might be that you will starve. There is meat everywhere. But don’t worry, when you get to know the Ecuadorean cuisine better, you will notice that there is a great variety of vegetarian options. In addition, you don’t have to pay a fortune […]

Fiesta de la Luz – Quito’s Old Town shows its most colorful side

The fiesta de la luz illuminates the old town of Quito in different colors.

Last week starting on August 9th to August 13th Quito lightened up for the second edition of the Fiesta De La Luz (festival of light). Of course the SOLEQ.Travel team didn’t want to miss the opportunity to attend this amazing event. Therefore last Wednesday we went to Quito’s old town to see what it was […]

Coffee in Ecuador

Ecuador is an important coffee exporting country.

If you’ve visited Ecuador, you might have been served the type of instant coffee that is popular among Ecuadorians; Nescafe. I’ve been a proud drinker of good coffees since I was sixteen, so I almost spit out the first coffee I bought at a farmer’s market in a barrio of Tabacundo. After that I just […]

Holiday Gift Guide: All You Need is Ecuador!

Check out our recommendatios for gifts in Ecuador.

Christmas and Hanukkah are around the corner, and you’ve probably been too busy traveling to think about what presents to get your like-minded traveling family and friends. Or maybe you just miss Ecuador so much that you want a perfectly curated list to send to your family as a not-so-subtle holiday gift pointer. Either way, […]

Chicha: Ecuador’s Ancient Beer

Chicha is a tzpical andean beverage

Chicha is a drink native to Latin America that first appeared during the aboriginal/pre-Colombian period, around 5000 BCE. It is essentially a corn-based beer, although corn can be substituted for quinoa depending on the region in Ecuador. The Incas discovered that saliva could be used to trigger the fermentation process in corn and other grains […]

Traditional Ecuadorian Drinks and Desserts

Ecuador is becoming a popular foodie destination because of its delicious cuisine, but sometimes less attention paid to its traditional drinks. Energy-packed days of adventure will make you want to sit back, relax, and taste some of the traditional Ecuadorian drinks and desserts, which are just as varied and distinctive as the meals. Here’s a […]

Ecuadorian Dances

Ecuador has many traditional dances.

Ever since I was little, I have always loved to dance. When I was a teenager I danced especially Standard, Hip Hop and Jazz. When I finally knew that I will go to Ecuador, I was willing to learn the Ecuadorian dances and traditional music. The dances range from dances with West-African and European roots […]

Andean Music

Music is very important in the Andean Region.

Music is the art of mixing sounds, and expressing feelings and emotions. It is proven that people have created music from the beginning of time. The history of music begins with the Egyptian Culture. They used instruments that were very difficult to use and to build, such as the harp. Because of its soft and […]

Volcanoes in Ecuador

There are many legends about the volcanoes of Ecuador.

Being among the summits of the volcanoes in Ecuador is no doubt an unforgettable experience. Perhaps you don’t know that each mountain is hiding curious legends, and that those have been told by grandparents from generation to generation. We believe that the mountains are not simple land formations, but more than that. According to the […]

La Fanesca – A Traditional Ecuadorian Dish

The fanesca is a typical dish around easter holidays

The traditional dish “Fanesca” is usually prepared to be eaten and enjoyed during Lent. The most typical day to eat this dish on is Good Friday. There are many different narrations about the origin of this dish. One of these narrations says that in the colonial era the Spanish brought a French chef to Ecuador […]

Fruits of Ecuador

In Ecuador you can find numerous exotic fruits.

When I first arrived to Ecuador, one of the first things I did was head to the supermarket to buy all the fruits of Ecuador I had never seen before. I should have gone to the local market where the fruit is much better (and cheaper), and maybe I should have read a little about […]

Sports in Ecuador

In Ecuador there exist many options for sports.

Concerning sports, there is a lot to say about Quito and whole Ecuador. Haske tells us about his experiences in Quito. “Ever since I was a little kid, I have loved watching and participating in sports. Several times per week I used to play soccer with my friends and basically whoever was feeling like joining. […]

Holidays: Christmas and New Year’s in Quito

Christmas time in Ecuador is also green.

Christmas in Quito After a hopefully successful year for all of you, it is time to find a relaxing end of 2015. Here in Quito we have our own traditions concerning holidays. The “Quiteños” – citizens of Quito – already at the beginning of December take time for their families, ceremonies and traditions. At this […]

Festivities of Quito

In december the Fiestas of Quito are celebrated.

The festivities of San Francisco de Quito are celebrated to remember the foundation of the city. It was on December 6 in the year 1534 that Quito was founded by Sebastian de Benalcazar, in the same place where it is today. In August of the same year, a city was already founded near Colta Lagoon […]

The Day of the Dead in Ecuador – Traditions

During the Day of the Dead in Ecuador is eaten Guaga de pan and Colada Morada

For the Ecuadorians, each year November 2 is the day to commemorate in different ways the Day of the Dead. The “Día de los Muertos” which was celebrated in Ecuador last week is an old tradition since pre-Inca times. In pre-Inca times the burying of the dead was an important ritual that followed the indigenous […]

The Kichwa Language

In the Ecuadorian rain forest kichwa is spoken in many communities

Today, as many people celebrate the “Indigenous Peoples Day” we want to give you an insight a language spoken in the Amazon of Ecuador: The language of the Kichwa. The indigenous people of this culture, who originally are from the highlands, have lived for centuries in the Amazon. They mostly live at the Napo River. […]

International Coffee Day

Ecuador is an important coffee exporting land

Today (September, 29th) is World Coffee Day! Did you know that coffee is an Arabic word? It’s “qahwa” and means “stimulating drink.” It was discovered in the 9th century in Ethiopia in the region of Kaffa and arrived to Arabia because of the slave trade in the 16th century. The process of roasting the beans […]

Floreana, a Book Review

If you hear “Galapagos”, you will probably think about giant tortoises and iguanas, and Darwin and his theory of evolution. But there’s another side to the Galapagos Islands that is less known yet absolutely fascinating: the history of the islands’ first settlers. Especially the history of the first inhabitants on Floreana Island seems to come […]