Jama Ecuador – Rycardo Alclivar’s ‘Bamboo Iguana’ presided over the end-of-year festivities and will surely claim the title of ‘Official Greeter’ near the Rio Jama bridge!  Mototaxis ferried people from the center of town and back to peer at the iguana, while buses paused for passengers to take photos!

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In mock grief from losing the ‘old man-viejos’ in the end-of-year effigy “mueneco” burnings,  young men in faux widows’ garb pestered (in good taste!) people who passed by in cars or trucks. At times they gleaned token change to help buy drinks to ease the pain of losing their old men.

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Viejos in the nearby fishing village of El Matal –

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A fierce hood ornament!

Autos sported old-man “viejo” effigies strapped to front bumpers! Little girls floated along modeling princess dresses; smiles ricocheted between eclectic displays of end-of-year creations.

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A true princess!

On the afternoon of the final day of the year, Rycardo fine-tuned details on the Iguana as spectators crawled over, under and through the giant bamboo sculpture!  A bandstand, complete with mammoth-sized speakers, claimed a spot near the iguana.  Jama planned to welcome the new year in classic Latin style!

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Rycardo Alcivar attaches fabric to the bamboo.

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“Come on up!”

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“Jama” is an Indian word that means “Iguana.”

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The iguana captures the attention of anyone approaching town, and it will surely capture the title of town mascot!

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