How The Super Food Boom Is Impacting Ecuador’s Farmers

Quinoa has been grown and eaten in the Andes of South America for thousands of years since the Incas first domesticated it. But world consumption skyrocketed after 2013 when the UN declared it “The Year of Quinoa” and the plant’s health benefits – gluten-free, high in protein and omega oils – became more widely known. Continue reading How The Super Food Boom Is Impacting Ecuador’s Farmers

Graffiti Legend Creates Ecuador’s Tallest Street Art Mural
Graffiti and street art are celebrated among artists all around the world, including in a little country straddling the equator on South America. In Quito, Ecuador, a newly developed cohort of women have decided to act on their creative impulses for one week out of the year, during which…

Student Becomes Teacher in Ecuador

There are many benefits and drawbacks of education in the country, and sometimes, when other options open up, people decide to free themselves from its reins.
Hutchings spent her time in the country teaching English to about seven students and learning Spanish while adapting to a new culture….

Singing The Blues, A U.S. Envoy Hopes To Boost Ties With Ecuador

Shortly before taking the stage at a bar in Quito, Ecuador‘s capital, the local band Samay Blues plugs in for a sound check.
Among the audience are a number of Americans. That’s because the word is out: U.S. Ambassador Adam Namm will be sitting in on keyboards.
In a region where…

Ecuador Goes for Super Bowl Exposure With Halftime Ad

During Super Bowl halftime Feb. 1, you can expect to see high-priced commercials for beer, fast food, cars, soft drinks and a small South American banana exporter.
Ecuador is expected to become the first foreign country to buy a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl game to encourage Americans to…

Wild and Scenic Opens With Spectacular 3-D Films

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival opened with a visual 3-D event at the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley Thursday night. Mayor of Grass Valley, Jason Foyer, opened the event welcoming attendees, and thanking SYRCL for bringing the Festival to Grass Valley for the third year. FULL STORY
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El Sitio in Collingswood Offers Culinary Tour of South America

At first blush, Quito, Ecuador, and Collingswood, New Jersey, wouldn’t seem to have a thing in common. At 9,350 feet above sea level in the Andes, Quito is the world’s highest capital, populated by about 2 million people. Rum, beer and a potent moonshine called aguardiente (firewater) are pro…