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Comment by Sarah Clifford on November 7, 2009 at 10:50am
Dorothy, the afroEcuadorians are based mostly in Esmeraldas, on the coast in the north of Ecuador, also in the Chota Valley, more towards Ibarra. Many of the country´s best footballers come from the Chota Valley. The afroEcuadorian culture is quite distinct and the food is fantastic. Hope this is useful.
Comment by John Lamkin on October 21, 2009 at 11:05pm
Thanks Dorothy! Maybe I'll do the Panama hat story again :) John
Comment by Dorothy Conlon on October 21, 2009 at 11:01pm
Story ideas: I would love to read about the black Ecuadoreans, descendants of 18th C slaves imported to work the coastal plantations, but I believe they are centered up north in the Ibarra area. The Quichuas in Ecuador number 2 million, I'm told, and are the best politically organized, compared to Peru and Bolivia. We saw a large demonstration by Quichuas in the main square in front of the cathedral in Cuenca. Has the "Panama" hat story from Cuenca been written up enough already?
Comment by John Lamkin on October 21, 2009 at 10:43pm
PS, I'm writing an article on luxury real estate in and around Cuenca. Any leads will be appreciated. Thanks! John
Comment by John Lamkin on September 19, 2009 at 1:02pm
Hi All, I will be traveling to Cancun, Riviera Maya and Laguna Bacalar in December-then to Cuenca, Ecuador for a month, then back to the Yucatan Peninsula for awhile. I would appreciate any story ideas, contacts, properties to look at, etc. My email is: john(at)TravelWritingAndPhotography(dot)com Thanks for your help, John



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