It´s all about the horses

The Machachi fiestas usually go on most of the month of July. But the largest event is by far the Paseo del Chagra. Today there were around 2000 horses. An impresive sight, I have never seen so many horses all in one place.

It originated  from the 1877 eruptions of Cotopaxi volcano. In a miraculous way, the great Pasochoa and  Rumiñahui and saved the people of Tambillo and Machachi. They waited patiently for the summit of Cotopaxi cover over again with new snow, and when this happened, they chose to have a minga (when the people get together to help each other) to gather all  cattle, horses and other animals that were scattered with event. Now every year the owners of the haciendas and their families get together and celebrate.

The Machachi chagra attire: cowboy hat, poncho of sheep wool, goat over trousers, spurs, cross scarf around his neck, horsehair slab with his jug, brown sugar and tostado in the pocket, bottle of strong drink to provide their patrons and friends.

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The Mama Negra

The Mama Negra is a Cotopaxi festivity twice a year in September and November with the main event being November. Its origin is lost in history, in a mixture of mestizo demonstrations : pagan and religious, indigenous, African and Spanish, the same as their characters, rituals, costumes, dance and music give life, retraced every year since the  XVII. In  XXI is a celebration that pays homage to the Virgen de la Merced on whom according to tradition, gratitude and appreciation for the protection in one of eruptive processes of the highest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi.   (information from www.mamanegra.com.ec)The Mama Negra traditionally is a man dressed as a woman painted in black

El Angel de la Estrella, The Angel of the Star

Colourful dancers. One of the great things here is that you can get into the parade, you don´t have to stand on the side to take photos.  Basically you can get in the way!!!

El Moro. The Moor

El Abanderado.  The Flag Bearer.

More Colourful Dancing.

El Capitan. The Captain.