Although the date of Cuenca’s independence from Spain doesn’t arrive officially until Monday, holiday activities are already in full swing. Vendors of crafts, housed in white tents along Av. Doce de Abril, have been busy making sales since Tuesday. Doce de Abril sidewalks will get e... [More]

President Rafael Correa highlighted advances in gender equality on Wednesday, acknowledging the recently released World Economic Forum report, Global Gender Gap for 2014. “Finally, gender justice in the country,” said President Correa via his Twitter account. Ecuador currently stand... [More]

Cuenca transportation officials say they expect to receive a report from the International Council on Monuments and Historic Sites (ICOMOS) within a week that may include recommendations for tram construction through the historic district. ICOMOS, which works closely with UNESCO, visited Cuenca in... [More]

Voters in last weekend’s elections in Uruguay and Brazil have something in common: They were legally required to cast a ballot. Both countries have compulsory voting, under which failure to vote is punishable by a fine. Roughly 30 countries, and nearly a fifth of electoral democracies, h... [More]

One of the great pleasures that many of Ecuador’s expats discover in their adopted country is art collecting. Even those who were not collectors back home take up the habit, smitten by the quality, variety, and sheer emotional force of the talent in this small Andean country. Anoth... [More]

By Samantha North Annual leave is a foreign concept for branding strategist Julian Stubbs. He can travel whenever he feels like it and manage his business uninterrupted from anywhere in the world, including beaches, airports and parks. Originally from Cheltenham, England, Julian now lives... [More]

The celebration of Cuenca’s 194th anniversary of independence from Spain begins this week and officials are expecting 80,000 to 100,000 tourists, filling hotel rooms to capacity. Although November 3 is the official holiday, activities begin by the middle of this week and continue through ear... [More]

By Carlo Caraluzzo Ecuador has begun its experiment with virtual currencies. The government announced earlier this year that they would create a government-backed virtual currency in as a way to shore up a sagging economy that is currently being buoyed up by the U.S. dollar. CoinTelegraph r... [More]

The National Police has stepping up efforts to catch thieves who prey mostly on tourists in Cuenca’s historic district. Called "Paquetazo" and "Loteriazo," the crimes involve stopping passers-by with stories of hardship or luring them to banks or ATMs to make withdraw... [More]

 President Rafael Correa of Ecuador told an audience of hundreds that "subjugation of living, breathing human beings to the needs of capital" is not acceptable, in a damning critique of "an immoral and unjust world order" during a special lecture organized by the United Na... [More]

Ecuador is recovering pieces of its history. Sebastián González, who heads a commission charged with recovering illegally obtained Ecuadorian archaeological objects, many of them in foreign museums, says that 10,000 pieces from several countries have been returned in the last two ... [More]

By Karen Hinton Prediction: Chevron will lose the historic Ecuador pollution case on both the law and the facts, despite what you may have read in articles by U.S. legal reporters about the 20-year plus lawsuit. In fact, you may think the Ecuadorians have lost already. They haven... [More]

Cuenca cell phone manufacturer Hipertronics has increased its production to 15,000 cell phones per month and says it hopes to reach 45,000 within a year. The company makes a smart phone that retails for about $85 as well as a basic cell phone that goes for $35. Hipertronics CEO Henry Aguilar sa... [More]

Classes begin Monday at Ikiam Regional Amazonian University. It is the last of four national universities that President Rafael Correa says are needed to improve Ecuador’s higher education system. Ikiam is located in Napo Province, a jungle area that the government says has been neglecte... [More]

Officials from Ecuador’s Ministry of the Interior and National Police presented a new citizens’ manual last week that aims at involving local communities in the fight against crime. The “Guide for Civilian Safety, Civilian Solidarity” was introduced in the south Quito neigh... [More]

There will changes to the renovation plans for Cuenca’s San Francisco Square, the city says. The original design, developed during the administration of former Mayor Paúl Granda, had been criticized by vendors who work on the plaza and by some architects. Vendors in the central par... [More]

Ecuador says it is prepared for the recent drop in international oil prices. In his weekly television broadcast on Saturday, President Rafael Correa said the government is prepared to adjust the national budget to reflect lower income from oil sales. “We have contingency plans to deal wit... [More]

By Sara Shahriari Panama hats have made the leap from the heads of Hollywood icons and intrepid jungle explorers to the fashionable masses of Europe and the United States. Models are wearing them on catwalks and teenagers are sporting them at clubs. In 2010 and 2011, a number of fashion magaz... [More]

By Lief Simon With the U.S. stock market behaving like a ride at Coney Island this week, real estate investors have reason to feel pretty good about themselves. As I write, the Dow Jones Industrial Average sits at essentially the same value as at the beginning of this year. However, its vol... [More]

By Mark Stratton Last August, when researchers heralded the olinguito as the first new carnivore species discovered in the western hemisphere for 35 years, I imagined that seeing one would be impossible. After all, they’d eluded scientists for so long.   The nocturnal olinguito, w... [More]

The administration of Cuenca Mayor Marcelo Cabrera is pressing ahead with plans for a six-lane freeway that would encircle the city despite cost projections that have increased from $519 million to almost $720 million since it was first proposed. Cabrera and his staff are looking for funding wh... [More]

By Michael Fumento Step aside, EU! China is set to become Latin America’s second-largest trading partner in two years. And 13 years later it will be king of the hill according to the journal China Policy Review. Yes, having locked up Asia and Africa, the ever-hungry Chinese dragon is sali... [More]

Ecuador’s Ministry of Public Health has established steps to identify and treat international travelers arriving in the country who may be infected with the Ebola virus. It says that it has set protocols at the international airports in Guayaquil and Quito similar to those at airports in Eur... [More]

By Holly Else “Academia is just like soccer…You recruit good players, you win,” José Andrade told Times Higher Education on a recent visit to London, adding that he and his colleagues are “just about to recruit the Manchester United of South America” for a ... [More]

Clean-up work from heavy weekend rains continue along Cuenca’s rivers, with more than 100 Ecuadorian soldiers and city public works employees assigned to the job. The weather cooperated on Monday and Tuesday, as predictions for more rain failed to materialize. The most severe damage oc... [More]