Entrance To The Grounds
An Unusual Tree
Wax Figures Simulate An Authentic Andean House
Going For A Ride....On A Large Mop?
These Wax Figures Look So Real
This Is Juan Montalvo
A Short Little Guy....Juan's Nephew I Believe?
One Of The Dancers Put His Hat On Me
Dancing With The Crowds
Upon entering we paid our $1 each and the woman told us in Spanish that there was a special event going on that day. She said it was a dance performance that would start in one hour. So we toured the grounds and the house, took some photos and found a front row seat to enjoy the performance.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO OF THE DANCERS BELOW!
The performance was being put on by Andanzas Escuela de Danzas (Andanza Dance School) located in Guayaquil, Ecuador. It was a form of traditional Ecuadorian dance beautifully performed by its dance students. The whole thing lasted about 90-minutes and I was even pulled up onto the dance floor at the end, along with many other spectators. Since Clyde was standing nearby making a video of the performance he was spared the embarrassment. It was a fun way to spend an afternoon in the mountain air enjoying a free performance of traditional dance.
It is these special times that come along when we realize we're not here as tourists but as travelers immersed in a Spanish speaking culture. And none of this would be possible had we not taken that first step and moved to Panama, learned to speak Spanish and jumped into a culture so unlike our own......along the gringo trail.