The main port is experiencing one of the greatest commercial and festive times: the transition from the old year to the new year.
The celebration is echoed by the “get your puppet, man” shout, heard on dozens of sections and, above all, in 17 blocks up the 6 de Marzo street. There, everything revolves around the cardboard puppets or dolls artistically made. Hundreds of characters of all kinds can be found.
On this street there are nearly 800 merchants, according to estimates of the oldest artisans in the sector. And they offer superheroes, Disney princesses, characters such as Pepa Pig, Goku, characters from the Lord of the Rings saga and cinema, and local TV personalities. There are cardboard puppets of all sizes, from miniatures to three meters height and perfectly made.
The success of merchants is because this Guayaquil custom in which each family burns its own puppet. And not just one. Every little child ask his parents to buy one, though some remain unburned.
Another scenario with the Guayaquil hallmark and that imposes a tourism brand is the suburb, where at least 26 giant puppets are exhibited. These are not burnt until January 6 and from Saturday 1st will take center stage.