Though we were excited to read many books and travel brochures before we escaped here to South America, appreciating the culture of South America through dance was an unexpected living moment of history for us.
Cuenca recently celebrated their independence and the full party and parade came right down the street we were staying on.
So sweet because even the little children get involved by dressing up and practicing the dance of their heritage.
The dances weren’t the traditional dances of South America like the tango and salsa, but were a tribute to the local customs like agriculture and farming.
Local traditional clothing are ponchos, embroidered blouses and skirts.
In the few short months we have been here, we have learned that some dances are just celebrations.
At the end of the celebration, you see many artists here practicing their type of art and you can get a portrait for a bargain price.
Of course local traditions cannot be celebrated either without savoring the local cuy or roasted guinea pig.
There were so many traditional dances and costumes that we could not see them all, but we tried.
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