By David Morrill With the notable exception of the Otavalan craftspeople and merchants, no other indigenous Ecuadorian community has maintained its ethnic identity like the Saraguros. Centered around the town of Saraguro, 75 miles south of Cuenca, the Saraguro nation, which numbers between 30,000 and 40,000, has maintained an enduring presence in the rural areas […]


By Angela Rhodes I’ve barely stepped off the plane when the stories about the Valle de la Longevidad — Valley of Longevity — start. My cabdriver asks what I’m doing in this small town in southern Ecuador, and I tell him I’m in search of the legendary old people of Vilcabamba. The cabbie brightens. “My […]


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The Cuenca Dispatch

Week of September 24.

Financial ‘Stress-test’ Highlights Weaknesses in Ecuador’s Private Banks
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Ecuador Has One of the Weakest Passports in Latin America
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Cuenca’s Tram Celebrates 3-Year Anniversary Without System Integration or Funding Solutions
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