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El día de los difuntos ... Ecuadorian traditions

It has incredible natural resources but also a rich culture. At Outdoor Spanish and Surf School, we are happy to help you improve your Spanish but we are also interested in sharing our culture and traditions .. we are very proud to be Ecuadorians and we would love to be part of our Outdoor #OSS family!


That is why today, we would love to share with you what is for us The day of the Death (Día de los muertos/difuntos)



The Day of the Death in Ecuador

You probably have heard about the traditional ¨Día de los Muertos¨, the day of the death is well known internationally as a Mexican tradition, but we have some news for you! The day of the death is a more deep and traditional part of the culture of all Latin-America.


Día de los Difuntos or Muertos is a celebration of expression in many ways, that also depends of the country. Here in #Ecuador, it is dedicated to remembering and honoring those loved ones who have passed, it's centrally focused on share time with the family and the community.

For example, each year on November 2nd, in our community #Manglaralto all locals reunite to share food, artistic performances, music, and the traditional Colada Morada.


Colada Morada is a traditional beverage from over 5000 years ago, made by purple or black corn (one species of corn only grows at the Andean region); fruits, sugar, and lots of love. We also bring our enigmatic Guaguas de Pan, this is a bread baked in a shape of children. But do not be scared! we DO NOT eat children bread!! Guagua is a Quichua word and it means children, it is believed that in the past this represented a tribute to the children that have passed. So it is a tribute of love.



Although our mother tongue is #spanish, a big part of Ecuador speaks Quichua. This exquisite language has a big impact in our ecuadorian culture, we use some words in our daily life without knowing its roots coming from the Andean language. By instance, a very popular word ¨poncho¨ that you probably know what it means in spanish right? or cancha = sports field, cura = priest or carpa = tent and the lovely word ñaño or ñaña which means brother and sister respectively, but it does not only refers to a blood related relative, we also use them for our good frien

ds. Our language is very colorful, we would love to teach you more! Curious? Check Outdoor spanish school.


Ecuador is a land full of friendly people, proud to share our traditions. Nowadays, Día de los Muertos has become a mix between catholic and indigenous heritage. On November 2nd every year, we visit the cemeteries taking offerings to our loved ones who have passed, and of course we bring food to have a nice meal with them and remembering them with love.


Manglaralto is the capital of the region, Olon and Montañita are two of the many small communities located along the coast, near to Manglaralto. Montañita is a touristic little town where you can find international food, good surf, bars and clubs and only 5 minutes away, there is our paradise #Olon.


Olon has one of the most beautiful landscape, long stretch of white sand beach that is home to a welcoming community of locals as well as an active community of expats. This small town offers a diverse food selection of local seafood, international cuisine, and fresh fruits and vegetables. We would be happy to welcome you at #OutdoorSpanishandSurfSchool, we offer tailor-made study programs that will help you to improve your spanish skills fast, our group of professional teachers will provide useful tips and exercises that will push you to get to the next level, we guarantee a fun but profesional lesson.


Please contact us, if you need more information.





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