Pucara, Ecuador: The Fiesta!

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Last Saturday was the big annual fiesta here in the small town of Pucara, Ecuador, where we are doing a homestay and taking some Spanish lessons for about two weeks. We are so glad that we arrived in time for the fiesta! It was quite the party. There was a volleyball and soccer tournament, a game where a pole was greased and kids tried to climb it and get the prizes at the top, a contest where men on horseback rode under a wire and used a pen to try and stab ribbons hanging from the wire, and a pinata smash for the kiddos. After all the games, there were hours of dancing and drinking until people started to wander home around 2am. Here are some pictures from the fiesta.

 

People starting to gather in the town center for the fiesta de San Antonio de Pucara.

People starting to gather in the town center for the fiesta de San Antonio de Pucara.

 

The first kid that made it up the greased pole. It took about an hour for enough kids to climb it and rub off enough grease so that they could make it up!

The first kid that made it up the greased pole. It took about an hour for enough kids to climb it and rub off enough grease so that they could make it up!

 

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Trying to get the ribbons.

Trying to get the ribbons.

 

Pucara is in a cloud forest, and thick clouds often cover the whole town in the afternoons.

Pucara is in a cloud forest, and thick clouds often cover the whole town in the afternoons.

 

Watchin some soccer.

Watchin some soccer.

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