In Ecuador, it is customary to start a conversation by saying hello, and to ask how the other person is. ‘Buenos días, Como está?’ is a common expression. When saying goodbye after meeting someone, even if the contact was short, women are often lightly kissed on the cheek, by both men and women. Indians do not kiss; sometimes they offer only a weak handshake. Politeness is highly valued. Ecuadorians have a different conception of privacy and mix much more intensively than us. They are always dressed well and do not expect tourists to go around as beggars! Shorts are not really viewed as offensive, but in the Sierra it is definitely more accepted to wear long pants. Besides, it is often too cold to wear shorts. It is insulting to call someone from Indian descent an Indio. Indigena is better.