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Ecuador culure, Art and Literature, Juan Montalvo

Graffiti is integral to the urban culture of Quito. Nearly every wall of the city is covered in it, leading to the rise of the saying "No wall is blank in Quito".

Graffiti is usually artistic or political, and often poetic.

There is so much graffiti that politicians often quote what is written on Quito's walls!

Music is very important in Ecuador, with pan pipes, flutes of bamboo, violins, drums and ukuleles all played often.

Popular tunes played at fiestas include "Rosa Maria" and "El Condor Pasa". Sanjuanito is a popular style of dance.

 

Ambato, a city in central Ecuador, is known as the "Ciudad de los Tres Juanes", with Juan Montalvo (a novelist and essayist), Juan Leon Mera (author of the lyrics to of Ecuador's national anthem, "Salve, Oh Patria") and Juan Benigno Vela (another novelist and essayist) all sharing it as a place of birth.

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