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114 stranded Ecuadorians in Cancun return home after 20 days

Cancun, Q.R. — A group of Ecuadorian citizens who returned to their country after being stranded in the Cancun airport for 20 days have expressed their gratitude to the city’s mayor.

The group of 114 Ecuadorians were left stranded at the airport for nearly three weeks as a result of border closings and flight cancellations due to the global pandemic. Enrique Ponce de León, Ecuador’s ambassador to Mexico reported that during their stay in Cancun, his compatriots were supported with special-rate lodging in hotels.

Those who were unable to pay were given the option of being in free shelters in addition to being provided with food and transportation until their return.

“A very special recognition to Mayor Mara Lezama for her strong support,” said the diplomat. After their return home, some travelers from the group extended their appreciation on social media.

“Dear Mara, I am writing to you on behalf of the 114 Ecuadorians who have just arrived in our country, largely (thanks) to your valuable management,” says one message from a previously stranded traveller.

“Those good vibes that Mexicans give to foreigners, and more so from those of Cancun, have made us fall in love with their way of being with others, always wanting to return,” they added.

The cancellation of international flights along with border restrictions left the group stranded since March 21. Mara Lezama said “these are times of solidarity and union and we will always do what is necessary to help all who need it.”