Cuenca’s fourth annual Festival de Cine La Orquídea kicks off tomorrow morning at 11 with opening ceremonies at the Mall del Rio convention center. Guest of honor is award-winning Spanish director David Trueba and the Spanish actresses Carmen Maura, Victoria Abril and Ariadna Gil. ... [More]

Although they make up only a small part of the estimated 200,000 Cuenca independence holiday customers, crafts vendors say the city’s large expat population plays a major role in their sales. Tourism officials estimate the city has about 10,000 foreign residents, almost half of them North... [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 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]

Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting event... [More]

Cuenca´s  Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, or Museum of Aboriginal Culture, is not your typical roadside attraction. Despite the fact that it is relatively small and privately owned, many consider it one of Ecuador’s best archeology museums. Operated by La Fundacion Cultural C... [More]

At 74, Cuenca ceramicist Eduardo Segovia shows no sign of slowing down. On most days, in fact, you can find him working in his Cuenca studio. "I still have the enthusiasm for creation. I can't imagine life without it," says Segovia. "Every day, I absorb the colors, the tex... [More]

One of Cuena’s most iconic traditions is the year-end burning of dummies. When the clock ticks over to 2014 on Tuesday night, an observer with an elevated vantage point in Cuenca will behold an other-worldly sight: thousands of dummies burning in the streets and a sky fil... [More]

For tourists and foreign residents, Cuenca’s Christmas Eve Pase del Niño parade, or Passing of the Child, is a colorful, often bizarre, mixture of the sacred and the profane. To locals, it is a time-honored Christian festival of homage to the Christ child that combines Catholic and in... [More]

By Anna Marie de la Fuente Ecuador is experiencing a mini movie production boom, churning out four to five pics a year compared with one every two years before 2007, and one every four years before 1999. Local hits such as Sebastian Cordero’s “Pescador” (2011) and the country&... [More]

Writing for the German magazine Der Spiegel in 2009, travel writer and art critic Otto Kirchner extolled the richness of Cuenca's tradition of arts and crafts. "Whether its ceramics, leather goods, jewelry, tapestry, painting or sculpture, the quality and variety of the work is exceptiona... [More]

Quick: Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb? How long was the Hundred Years War? The Canary Islands are named after what animal? And what country do Panama hats come from? If you answered General Ulysses S. and his wife Julia, 116 years, the dog, and Ecuador, you’re smarter than yo... [More]

Cuenca´s  Museo de las Culturas Aborigenes, or Museum of Aboriginal Culture, is not your typical roadside attraction. Despite the fact that it is relatively small and privately owned, many consider it one of Ecuador's best archeology museums. Operated by La Fundacion Cultural C... [More]

More art, less graffiti. That’s the goal of Cuenca’s new graffiti ordinance, passed by the cantonal council last year, and both graffiti artists and and government officials agree that the new program is off to a good start. Martin Arevalo, a spokesman for a loose coalition of 18... [More]

The famous indigenous outdoor market in the town of Otavalo, a two-hour drive north of Quito, is one of the best places to buy Andean art, crafts, textiles and indigenous jewelry in Ecuador. But if you're visiting Ecuador and your trip is limited to Cuenca and environs, you'll find plenty ... [More]

When Sonia Punin established Art Cuenca in late 2011, her goal was simple. “I wanted to bring artists and art lovers together in Cuenca,” she says. Although Cuenca enjoys a reputation as Ecuador’s arts capital, Punin saw a problem. “Even though we have several artist... [More]

Most Cuencanos know Challuabamba only as the growing upscale suburb on the lower, eastern side of the city. For more than 100 years, however, the area has also been known as one of South America´s richest archaeological sites. Excavations by archaeology pioneer Max U... [More]

Editor´s note: Cuenca's independence holidays begin officially on Nov. 2 but activities have been underway around the city for more than a week. We are reposting Deke Castleman's article and photos from last year's festival. Guayaquil declared its independence from Spain on ... [More]

Editor's note: San Bartolome guitar makers will be showing off their work and production techniques Monday at the Cuenca Guitar Festival at Sono Studio, Calle Borrero 6-83 at Pres. Cordova, from 10am till noon. No one knows exactly when the guitar-making tradition began in San Bartolom&ea... [More]

Although Cuenca enjoys a well-earned reputation as Ecuador’s arts capital, Sonia Punin sees a problem. “We are home to an international art biennale and have several artists with international reputations, but we also have many other talented artists who are struggling to get their ... [More]

Where most woodworkers see problems, Ed Konderla sees possibilities.   "The wood I use would be thrown on the burn pile by most carpenters. It's unstable and gnarly, and it wouldn't work for furniture or general carpentry," he says. "It's kind of a paradox. For my... [More]

[Editor's note: An exposition of the work of Cuenca cermacist Eduardo Segovia opens tonight at Larrazabal Gallery on San Sebastian Plaza and continues through mid-May. The show features new work by the artist and is titled "Compositions Between Black and Grey."] As a child, ... [More]

Reporting on his visit to Cuenca last year, Times of London travel writer Joshua Wellesey remarked, “I think I can safely claim that this charming little city has more culture per square inch than any place in the Western Hemisphere.” One of Wellesey´s notable Cue... [More]

The coincidence of Cuenca’s foundation celebration and Semana Santa has created one of the year’s busiest holiday weekends. Beginning Thursday, festivities include crafts shows, food festivals, choral, symophonic and rock concerts, circus performances and bull fights. Thursday ni... [More]

By Aston Morrisey  His hand-made guitars have been played by Freddy Fender, Judy Collins, and Spanish classical musician Pablo Menendez, according to a 25-year-old article in American Musician magazine. Cuenca guitar maker Juan Uyaguari say, however, that he can't vouch for the stor... [More]