Ecuador’s Most Popular Festivals

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To visit a town during the celebration of a party is having the chance to learn and share its people´s culture by being part of their dances and songs. Ecuadorians celebrate their parties with an overflowing enthusiasm, each participant dresses with their best clothes and the whole town gets organized in advance to have everything -including drinks and food for everybody- set up.

Since the pre-hispanic times the people of Ecuador celebrate festivities that coincided with the crop or the solar cycle (spring and summer), the equinoxes and solstices. But, with the arrival of the Spaniards, the Church transformed many indigenous celebrations into Catholic Holy days by overlapping dates. Today there is a colorful blend of Catholic Celebrations and Indigenous Festivals.
Below is a list of the most important festivities around the country, should your travel plans match any of the below dates, you will have the opportunity to include a visit to one of these colorful festivals.

FESTIVALS:

  • Fruit and Flower Festival. (February) (view)
  • Easter Week. (April) (view)
  • Inti Raymi. (June) (view)
  • Paseo del Chagra. (July) (view)
  • Foundation of Guayaquil celebration. (July) (view)
  • Yamor. (September) (view)
  • Día de los Difuntos (November). (view)
  • Mama Negra. (November) (view)
  • Cuenca independence day celebration. (November) (view)
  • Fiestas de Quito celebration. (December) (view)
  • New year’s eve celebration. (December) (view)