Cayambe Ecuador – From one side of the country to the other and halfway back again, I’ve been in transit a lot and online a little. On June 21, I reached Cayambe Ecuador after dark and decided to stay in the city instead of my normal stopover at Hacienda Guachala.
Map from Flor de Valle “Ofelia’ bus terminal-Quito.
This alignment of choices placed me square in the middle of a June Solstice event, where the locals still honor Pachamama, known to others as our dear Mother Earth.
This event is part of a month-long celebration called the Fiestas de San Pedro* y del Sol, which bridges the Catholic religion with the ancient Indigenous customs. – *This year’s festivities will continue until July 8, but the San Pedro customs are observed throughout the country, sometimes for several more months. On June 28, I will be attending Jama’s on the coast.
San Pedro/Inti Raymi
Hostal Cayambe, between the main square and Cayambe’s most-famous Bizcochos cafe.
The night manager of Hostal Cayambe told me of a ‘children’s parade’ that would start at nine in the morning. Her description was quite modest, and the extremely-colorful parade lasted several hours! Continue reading