Ecuador – Corpus Christi Festival – Cuenca, Ecuador


While enjoying the festival’s activities, you will spend some time touring this colorful city and its architecture, stop at a hat-making factory, visit studios of local ceramists and take time to wander the largest market in Cuenca.In addition, you will be making excursions outside of Cuenca to visit the:

  • Cajas National Park – with a richness of unique vegetation, animals and birds
  • First the Inca complex at Ingapirca, the largest known Inca ruins in Ecuador
  • Picturesque artisan villages of Chordeleg, San Bartolome and Guanaco
  • The Yunguilla Reserve, one of the most visually stunning valleys of the Azuay province

Participants: Min 8 / Max 12
Tour Location: Quito and Cuenca, Ecuador
Dates: June 2020
Specific Details: TBA

For this adventure EMS Photo Adventures is working in collaboration with Andean Discovery, Sudbury, MA


During the month of June the town celebrates the religious festival Corpus Christi. This festival takes place over the course of a week. At night many people head to the Plaza Calderon to socialize, listen to music and view the fireworks. There are many other activities going on during this time. Structures resembling castles with images and effigies depicting saints and angels are burned throughout the night as revelers gather for the fireworks.

This is the only photographic adventure that focuses on photographing the Corpus Christi Festival where participants are lead, guided and instructed by a professional photographer. All along, Essdras will share his approach to photographing the location, its people and the extraordinary activities of the festival and documenting the relaxed atmosphere of Cuenca.

Against the backdrop of the exciting and colorful, 460-year-old Corpus Christi Festival, spend a week with, Essdras Suarez, photographing the city with the most laid-back culture in Ecuador—Cuenca (Santa Ana de los Ríos de Cuenca)—and outlying areas.

During this week, Cuenca is full of colors, fireworks, folk dances and traditional music. The Parque Calderon is full of people enjoying the spectacle of burning castles and illuminates while people revel at the sights, enjoying the aromas and flavors of the Corpus candy.

And every night, when night falls, the skies are illuminated with colored lights.

This adventure also includes visits to local artists, a half-day trip to Cajas Parque Nacional. And plenty of opportunities to photograph other activities such as open-air markets, fireworks, flying lanterns and the street vendors that come from all over Ecuador to take part in the festival.

Note: A UNESCO World Heritage Trust site, Cuenca has been celebrating its Spanish heritage and indigenous traditions of Pachamama and giving thanks to the harvest, with a Corpus Christi Festival since 1557. The Festival integrates commemoration, gastronomy, culture, religion and folk arts.

Tour includes:
  • All accommodations (standard 4-star hotels)
  • Professional Andean Discovery guides
  • Private ground transportation, internal flights and airport transfers
  • Internal flights from Quito to Cuenca and return
  • All ground travel in a private mini van
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Most meals
  • Park fees and entrances
Tour does not included:
  • The cost of transportation to and from Ecuador – including all costs associated with that activity such as baggage surcharges, taxes and fees.
  • Gratuities and personal expenses such as: alcoholic drinks, phone calls and snacks.
  • Medical insurance

See Essdras’ images taken on the 2017 Adventure

Note: All arrangements will be made through Andean Discovery