Man Against BullWe were told to arrive an hour early, but there were still seats available much later. The performance would last about two and a half hours with three matadors fighting two bulls each. It is not fighting, or at least it is not a fair fight for the bull, who is going to die no matter what, either slowly or quickly if the matador is skillfull.
Youthful MatadorThere is much ritual and ceremony associated with the event. The band strikes a tune and the whole audience sings along to a song about 'San Franciso de Quito'; the trumpets blare and the group of matadors and their assistants (who are remarkably skillful with the bulls and are there to save the matador and help him look good) strutt across the arena to applause and musical accompaniment.