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Facial Hair, is it culturally acceptable

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PresentMonkey
1/29/2012 09:02 EST

Wondering if beards and mustaches are culturally acceptable. When we move we want to do all we can to avoid offending the Ecuadorian people.

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kengwin
1/30/2012 09:53 EST

We were in Ecuador for two weeks several years ago. I have a thick mustache. Nobody said anything about it being acceptable or not. There are a lot of Indigenous people who don't have a lot of facial hair. So, you won't see as many beards and mustaches as you might see in Spain or another country.

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FroyM
1/30/2012 10:18 EST

Yes. I am acuadorian and we are used to foreigners and their looks. People is very relaxed and cool.

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kengwin
1/30/2012 11:16 EST

If you want to avoid offending the Ecuadorean people:
1. Smile as often as possible.
2. Be as courteous as possible.
3. Never say: Well, this is the way
we did it back home.
4. Attempt to learn the Spanish
language.
5. I'm sure there are more. Good
luck with your move.

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kk2ecuador
1/30/2012 13:14 EST

My husband has an amazing full white beard, and beautiful white long hair.. add that to the shorts he wears and the tattoos on his legs.. you are safe.. He has already pushed the cuenca community into the 21st century.. :>) The best thing is the kids.. they come up to him and ask him if he is Papa Noel...
And like the other fellow said, smile, be relaxed, be calm in negotiations of anykind and speak what ever spanish you have ... it will take you far in Ecuador, no matter how you look.

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Francisco123
1/30/2012 14:44 EST

Beautiful image, beautiful advice. Thanks.

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PresentMonkey
1/30/2012 20:00 EST

Everyone,
Thank you for your answers to my post. We are already learning Spanish and will have 2 years before we move.

My husband was concerned that beards may be looked down upon in Ecuador because of the Spaniards having beards and what happened in past history.

Thank you again,
This site is always very helpful.

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