Paul Acee's Ecuador

Cuenca Independence Day – November 3rd


This will mark the 194th year of Cuenca’s Independence from Spain. More than 100,000 tourists are expected, activities begin by the middle of this week and continue through early next week. Cuenca’s holidays combine with the annual Day of the Dead observance, to create a four-day weekend.

The biggest and most impressive fair is at CIDAP (Inter-American Folk Arts and Crafts Association) on Tres de Noviembre at the Escalinatas, which will fill the CIDAP courtyard and cover the banks of the Tomebamba River from the base of Calle Hermano Miguel to the bridge at Calle Benigno Malo. The event includes artists from a dozen Latin American countries, in addition to Ecuador.

I shot this today along the Tomebamba, booths as far as the eye can see gettting ready…


In all, there will be more than 300 events during the festival, I picked up a copy of the “agenda” at the iTur office on Parque Calderon today. It’s a booklet with over 70 pages of events…


Some random shots while I was in El Centro today…

flower mercadoindoor mercado

up to el centroparke calderon

random streetchicks

street vendorstreet strawberries

Paul Acee

Author: Paul Acee

Retired and living in Ecuador.


  1. Cuenca is beautiful, my husband and I hope to visit soon. Thanks so much for the pictures. How did it go…turning in your Visa application?

  2. Thanks, the weather was georgeous today! I had a couple of more things to do on the visa (translations), I should be able to wrap it up in a day or two I hope!

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