Skip to main content

Live Well Ecuador

A Unique Experience

Live Well Ecuador Home
How it Works
Destinations snd Activiti
Staff Biography
Live Well Ecuador Tours
Contact Us
Ecuador Chronicles
Prayer Story
Alexander von Humboldt
Lee Blackwell - Bus to Gu
Casa Cultura III
Casa Cultura II: Eye of t
Casa Cultura I
S Winchester: Registrar
SWinchester: Little Piggy
Colonial Quito - Calle Fl
David Sass - Feed the Hun
David Sass - Graffiti
The Finca
I Love North Quito
Guayasamin Capllia del Ho
Guayasamin Archaeology &
Guayasamin Museum
Quito Cafe Grand Opening
Heroes II
La Dolorosa
Parque Itchimbia
Old Haciendas II
Old Haciendas
Quito - Studying Art
El Dorado II
El Dorado I
Galapagos II
Galapagos I
Laguna Cuicocha
Peguche Waterfall
S Winchester - Machaci
Amazing Grace
Condor Park
Dental - Implant
Dental - Root Canal and C
Cotopaxi: The Icy Ride Ba
David Sass: Quito Christm
Cotopaxi: Snowball Fight
David Sass: Staff of Lif
David Sass: Bye-Bye Chun
Shelley Winchester - Mari
Shelley Winchester - Mari
Ecuadorian Visits USA
David Sass: El Sur de Qu
Medical - Rotator Cuff
Medical - Going To The De
Shelley Winchester - Mark
Current Events 10/02/2010
Shelley Winchester - Dani
Shelley Winchester - Expa
Conocoto - Mayberry
Photos - Random Sierra
Photos - Random Quito
Photos - Montanita
Born To Be Wild
History Lesson - Garcia M
Water and Electricity
Renovation - 19th Century
Live Well Ecuador Quito O
Fourth of July Reflection
Quito Sunset Escape
Centro Cultural Mertopoli
Real Estate and the wild
Expat Life
Northern Sierra Trip II
Northern Sierra Trip I
Parque Ejido and Panecill
Guayaquil Easter Weeken
Quito - Good Friday
Riobamba Palm Sunday
Banos III Cool Hotel
Banos II Town & Springs
Banos I Taking The Bus
Quito Balconies
Bamboo Construction
Having Furniture Made
Two Haciendas
Quito Sunday Easy Riders
Religious Symbolism
Northern Sierra
The Widows - Men in Drag
New Year - Burning Dolls
Chronicles - 2009
San Marcos Church Story
Santa Clara Market
Culture and The Beatles
Tailor Made Suit
Quito Central Market
Quito - Two Resaurants
A Trip to the Beach
Quito - Old Shoes
Colonial Quito
Barber of Quito
Quito - La Ronda
Quito - Teleferico
Parque La Carolina
Art In The Park
Quito Apartment Renovatio
Quito Frame Shop
Road Trip I Quito - Pacto
Road Trip II To The Coast
Road TripIII Canoa Harley
Road Trip IV: Bahia
Road Trip V: Puerto Lopez
Road Trip VI: Cuenca
Road Trip Photo Encore I
Road Trip Photo Encore II
Road Trip Encore III
The Ecuador Chronicles - 2010-13
Semana Santa - Holy Week in Ecuador;
                                        A Unique Perspective;
                                                       Palm Sunday and a Procession in Riobamba
Holy Week is a special time in Ecuador.  The Faithful participate in processions around the country as part of the celebration.  Live Well Ecuador principal, Mathieu Charles Guillory, is an American Catholic who has lived in Ecuador for more than eight years.  Mathieu has put together a series of three Chronicles covering Holy Week.  He provides a unique perspective on Ecuadorian Catholicism and its relation to Ecuador culture and life.  Here Mathieu covers Palm Sunday and theNuestro Señor del Buen Suceso procession in Riobamba.
By Mathieu Charles Guilory

One of the many things that have always impressed me with Ecuador in my eight years of living here is the sense of tradition typical Ecuadorians maintain in their everyday lives.  Whether it is with the pre-Inca culture that persists even today or Roman Catholicism, Ecuadorians maintain their roots - and keep to the basics.  One of the better examples of this is demonstrated during Semana Santa. Whether you are Catholic or not….or even spiritual or not…the visitor cannot deny the deep sense of the traditional that touches on the transcendental.


It all starts with Palm Sunday, which is a tradition from the early Roman Church and brought to South America by the Spanish.  I am not sure if early Christians went to such lengths to decorate with the simple palm leaf, but Ecuadorians with their artistic heritage turn palm leaves into works of art.

Nuestro Señor del Buen Suceso  Procession in Riobamba
Artistic Palm Items

Another significant trait of Ecuadorians is to exemplify their beliefs. They are not content to merely talk about their passions - they want to demonstrate them in a public venue. One can see this almost weekly in political manifestations or protest marches in the major cities against a government policy or presidential action.   This can be seen in religious processions throughout the country.  One of the most authentic of these is the "Nuestro Señor del Buen Suceso” procession in Riobamba which dates back to the 17th Century; it is held every year on the Tuesday of Semana Santa.  The miraculous image is carried throughout the streets of this ancient city (the oldest in Ecuador) set within the surroundings of three active volcanoes, including Chimborazo - the largest active volcano in the world.

Images of the Riobamba "Nuestro Señor del Buen Suceso” Procession
Mathieu, thank you for the great Chronicle and the fascinating Photos.  Next week - Good Friday in Quito.
Would you like to visit Ecuador for Semana Santa -  
Find out how atLive Well Ecuador: