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Toucan
April 28, 2011

This dead Ecuadorian Toucan was rescued from an exotic animal market. An endangered species, the Toucan is captured in the Amazon region and exported to other locations. Although this is illegal, many poachers still capture exotic animals for pets or rituals. The bird shown here was brought to the Amaru Zoo alive but unfortunately could not survive outside of its natural habitat. (more...)

tags: Environment, Bioqarque (Zoologico Bioparque de Cuenca 'Amaru')

location: Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

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Where Does Your Steak Live?
April 16, 2011


Where did your meat come from? Hamburgers, pork chops, ribs, and chicken wings are all common-place in the American diet but, unless you live on a farm, you have absolutely no contact with the carnal side of your food. We have created labels to address this; you can say you buy organic, grass-fed, even locally grown meat. The fact of the matter is you have no idea where your meat came from. The majority of Americans prefer not to think about the animal at all. (more...)

tags: Indigenous Groups, Canari

location: Cañar, Canar, Ecuador

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the300$pig
April 16, 2011

This was the biggest pig I could find in the live animal market of Cañar. It must have weighed at least 250 - 300 lbs and cost $300.  The vender was intent on selling the animal and proudly told me that the pig would easily feed 40 to 50 people.

tags: Indigenous Groups, Canari

location: Cañar, Canar, Ecuador

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the american icon
April 16, 2011

In Ecuador, a U.S. lifestyle is both fantasized and exaggerated, stretched to mean something completely different. Our flag is both a pop icon and a means of advertising. Imported American cars, technology, and clothes all sell for more than double their U.S. prices. Food carts and produce trucks sport the bald eagle, red white and blue, and other symbols with the hope of increasing sales and instilling the idea of quality and exoticism.

tags: Culture

location: Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

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HIPSTERS
April 15, 2011

Students from the 2012 spring program at the ruins of Ingapirca. These ancient stone buildings were constructed by both the Cañaris and the Incas and are located about an hour outside the city of Cañar.

tags: Culture, Indigenous Groups, Architecture, Streetlife/Graffiti, Canari

location: Cañar, Canar, Ecuador

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Jesus Supermodel
April 14, 2011

This photo, taken in the town of Cañar located in high Andes of Ecuador, portrays the importance and prevalence of religion in day to day life.

tags: Culture

location: Cañar, Canar, Ecuador

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water for cuenca
April 7, 2011

Starting at about 12,000 feet, the páramo is one of the most stunning and unique ecosystems in Ecuador. It receives massive amounts of rain and collects water in its lakes and marshy soil. Seen here in Cajas National Park is one of the lakes that provides clean drinking water for the city of Cuenca below. At the top of the Andes, the páramo can support only a few trees, plants, and select animals. (more...)

tags: Environment, Ecosystems: Paramo

location: Azuay, Ecuador

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LonelyRoad
March 10, 2011

Traveling from El Tiink, an indigenous Shuar village in southeast Ecuador to Cuenca is no easy task. The road back consists of around 150 km of dirt and potholes winding its way through tiny farming towns that barely exist. Snaking up through the mountains, this old highway seems desolate and unused. However, ten years ago such roads were the only method of travel in Ecuador. Massive construction efforts by president Rafael Correa have given birth to a complex of highways through the country. (more...)

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location: La Paz, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador

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Father and Son
March 9, 2011

These villagers, standing in the doorway of their kitchen, represent the typical nuclear family structure of the Shuar people in El Tiink. This circular bamboo hut, with dirt floor and fire pit, is separated from the rest of the house and used for cooking and preparation of food. Today, the Shuar people are the largest indigenous population still living in the Amazon. Although much of their life has been changed by the modern world many things still remain the same. (more...)

tags: Indigenous Groups

location: Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador

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MeatMarket
March 5, 2011

To an outsider, standing in the center of Loja’s central market is like facing a torrent of sensory stimulation. Vendors bombard you from every direction with information on what they are selling and how economical it is. The rich blend of colors and textures draws your eyes to a hundred things at once. At first it is impossible to do anything except wander. After some time, structure begins to take shape. Most apparent to me was that everything was fresh. (more...)

tags: Culture

location: Loja, Loja, Ecuador

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Bones
February 6, 2011

In the absence of street lights, how does one find their way? In the center of Quito, travelers can still see the remnants of animal vertebra inlaid into the cobblestone to provide direction for nighttime walkers. It may seem ghostly to follow bones but when the night sky is your only lantern, they provide a stark contrast to their cobblestone counterparts.

tags: Culture

location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

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