I didn’t know it at the time, but the name of this stunning cathedral was originally designed to become the largest cathedral in all of South America.
Photographs of quaint Quito, the Andes Mountains, and hat weavers from Ecuador.
The market in Cuenca was a fun and lively place. The colorful textiles lining the avenues and store fronts added a lot of character to the market.
We did drive the winding roads up into one of the many surrounding mountains that circumscribe Cuenca in order to meet the famous ceramicist, Eduardo Vega.
As expected of a town in a tropical climate, the flowers in the Cuenca market were bright and colorful.
On our way back from San Martin del Bushio, we made a touristy detour to Chordeleg, a town famous for its talent in making jewelry.
This woman was the head of the weaver’s association in Cuenca. There was a stoic elegance about her as she weaved.
Ecuador San Martin del Bushio Panama Hat Weaving Village Andes Mountains Weavers V – Ecuador Photos
Our mission in San Martin del Bushio: photograph (or video, if your name is Jordan Elwell) the hat weavers at work.
We were driven to the village of San Martin del Bushio high in the hills of the Andes Mtns. I was blown away by the beauty of these steep mountains…
With such a quick turn around from my college graduation to landing in Quito and then arriving in Cuenca, I was a bit sleep deprived.
An Interesting Ecuador fact is that although technically it was winter, in general, Ecuador is devoid of distinctive seasons because of its proximity the equator.
Toquilla is a very delicate type of straw, so it must be woven by hand.
In 2009 I was hired by Panador, the world’s largest Panama Hat company, to travel to Ecuador and photograph their hats and how they are made.