Part of the Semana Santa festivities included a national orchid festival. As some of the only foreigners in town we were given lots of attention when we decided to drop in. After getting a private hour-long tour by one of the organizers we were interviewed by the local TV news station. For the rest of the week we kept bumping into people who had seen us on the news.
Apparently this orchid takes 5-7 minutes to open and then lasts 3 days before shriveling up. It opened the night before the orchid festival to the delight of the orchid enthusiasts.