Deportivo Cuenca forced to play home game in Quito
Although it has advanced to the quarter finals of the Copa Sudamericana championships, Cuenca’s professional football team cannot play home games in its own stadium. The team will play in Quito.
On Thursday, the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) announced that Cuenca’s Alejandro Serrano Aguilar stadium does not meet the minimum seating capacity mandated for championship games. The stadium seats 16,000, 4,000 short of the 20,000 required by Conmebol.
Although a date has not been announced, Cuenca will play the winner of Fluminense de Brasil vs. Defender Sporting (Uruguay) game. In Quito.
Galapagos will require tourist insurance in November
Beginning November 1, foreign visitors to the Galapagos Islands will be required to show proof of health insurance before being allowed entry. The government of Galapagos said the measure was necessary to protect local health and emergency aid resources, which it says have been over-taxed in recent years, primarily because of the large number of elderly tourists requiring assistance.
The government said it will publish a list of companies authorized to sell insurance to tourists by the end of August.
In addition to proof of insurance, tourists entering the islands will also have to show reservations for local hotels and other lodging facilities.
The new requirement does not apply to Ecuadorian citizens or legal residents.