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Once a year Jaime and his wife Becky return to Quito Ecuador where Jaime's family lives. Here are some photos from their trip in 1999.
|Jaime at water park|
|Becky at water park|
|Jaime and Becky - water park|
|Part ways up Mt. Peguche - waterfall. Here are Becky and Jaime - standing on a log of all places - above rocks and running water.|
|Pedro [also a band member - who resides in Ecuador during the off season] with Jaime.|
|Jaime and Pedro "on the rocks." Shaken, not stirred.|
|An indian reservation. Here is the chief and David. He performs a "good luck" ceremony on David by drinking some potion and then spitting it on his hands or into the air. Chants, herbs, the works ~ We'll have to write David and see how his "luck" is coming along.....|
|Some of Jaime's relatives, including brothers, nieces and nephews|
|Relatives at a park fountain in Riobamba|
| "One more for me
Not to be missed is the Andean drink of choice: canelazo (or canelito), a popular fiesta drink similar to a hot toddy, made of boiled water, sugar cane alcohol, lemon, sugar and cinnamon.
|Jaime's sister Anita, niece Margarita, Mother and other sister Berta|
|Jaime "kisses" the dinner. The night before leaving, the Encalada's threw a big dinner party. Here is the "fresh" crab catch of the day - all bundled together. And that's how ya carry 'em home from the market. Snap, snap and pass the butter!|
Some facts about Ecuador
Official Country Name: Republic of Ecuador
Area: 283,520 sq. km or roughly the U.S. state of Colorado
Capitol City: Quito (population 1.2 million)
Population: 12 million · 0-14 years: 35% · 15-64 years 60% · 65 years and over: 5%
Population density: 42 people per sq. km (one of highest in South America)
Life expectancy at birth: male: 68.49/female: 73.82
· Mestizo (mixed Indigenous and Spanish): 45%
· Indigenous: 35%
· Spanish: 10%
· Black: 10%
Language: Spanish (official); numerous indigenous tongues.
Quechua, the language of the Incas, is the most widely spoken indigenous
language. English is widely-spoken among professionals, the elite and tourism
Literacy: 90% of population over 15 years
Religion: 95% Roman Catholic; however most mestizos and indigenous converts combine Catholicism with animistic practices and beliefs.
Currency: was Sucre, recently changed to the all mighty US dollar
Electricity: same as the United States - 110 volts, 60 cycles (Hertz) AC.
Local Time: Eastern Standard on GMT-5 (same as New York, except during daylight savings months when Ecuador is one hour behind). The Galapagos is one hour ahead of the mainland.
Tourism: 500,000 visitors per year (1996)
Departure Tax : US$25 dollars is charged to each person leaving Ecuador via an international flight
Entry requirements: Ecuador requires a valid passport from all travelers, as well as proof of return or onward journey. However, few people ever get checked on the latter.