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Saturday, August 04, 2012

In Cuenca Ecuador You Can’t Wear Shorts…

In Cuenca Ecuador you can’t wear shorts…

…into a bank or any other government office. Now this rule may have changed since we first heard about it two years ago, but even so, it is highly frowned upon. To the Ecuadorian authorities wearing shorts in their business shows a sign of disrespect. We have heard that if you dress in slacks and blouse or collar shirt you are more apt to get better treatment. We do not know if this is true or not but it makes sense from what we have seen so far in Cuencano society. Ecuador is one of those cultures where it is usually best to be over-dressed than under-dressed. 

Stay Tuned for more from the “In Ecuador You Can’t” series. 

On another note: Here are some photos we took of the downtown area recently. we believe they are updating the underground plumbing.


  1. What I love about your blog: It is refreshingly real. Along with beautiful images of scenery you show (and speak to) daily living in Cuenca.

    Thanks! Jani

  2. It's frowned upon anywhere in Ecuador to wear shorts....in Guayaquil I go out with capris on...it's the only way I can cope with the heat.

  3. Planning a trip to Cuenca on the 11th of this month, Sept. Have been doing a lot of surfing for articles on Cuenca and came across your blog. Great job, straight forward and very informative.
    Our visit is sort of a vacation/recon run. We have talked about possibly moving there. Much to decide on first.
    We lived in the Marianas Islands for about four and a half years and loved it until the government started to change. Thanks again,
    Tom Barnes


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