Ecuador Finale

We’ve come full circle now back to Quito preparing for our return to the US for a bit.  For the first couple of days it was cold and rainy here but since has been nicer.  We met up with some new friends that we first met when we got to Quito back in December 2010.  We met them at the L’Auberge Inn where we were staying.  They had arrived the same day we did and were also planning to stay in Ecuador for 3 months.  We talked about what sort of plans we had for our trips and we agreed to keep in touch and trade information as we went along.

Casa Bambu, our view

View from our room at Casa Bambu, Quito

So when we arrived back in Quito, they were here also and we managed to get together.  They had also found a different place to stay very close by to the L’Auberge and we really liked it so we relocated to it, Casa Bambu.  They had finished their trip to the Galapagos so we all exchanged stories and impressions from our time in Ecuador.  They’re very nice people from British Columbia and we have really enjoyed meeting them and hope to keep in touch.

La Mitad Del Mundo, people taking pictures on the equator line

What do you do when you’re at the Equator?

Since being back in Quito, we’ve revisited some of our favorite spots from our earlier time here and made a point to visit some new spots.  One of the new spots is a tourist “must do”, La Mitad del Mundo.  This is the official site that marks the equator…sort of.  It’s a small “city” that lies just to the north of Quito.  Apparently, except for this part of Ecuador, the land masses through which the equator runs are mostly inaccessible, or were back when a team of French scientists set out to measure and mark the actual location during the mid 1700’s.  So they chose Ecuador.  We made the trip, we looked at the exhibits and we took the requisite photos standing on and on either side of the equator.  Except, this isn’t the actual equator.  More modern instruments and GPS have established the actual equator to be about 240 meters to the north, right on the remains of a 1,000 year old civilization about which little is known except that possibly they knew the location of the equator.

Another new spot for us was to take a ride on the TeleferiQo (not sure why they spell it that way).  It’s a multi-million dollar sky tram that takes you on a 2.5km ride up the flanks of Vulcan Pinchincha to the top of Cruz Loma which is at 4,100 meters (about 12,300 feet).  From there you can have a super view of Quito and see how it fills the valley and just seems to go on forever north and south.  But, this time of year it’s hard to find a day when the view isn’t at least partially obscured by clouds.

We’ve had a great time here in Ecuador, but our time is up and we’re heading back to the U.S. soon for a little break and to prepare for our next road trip.

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4 thoughts on “Ecuador Finale

  1. Guys, these emails have been wonderful. I sure would like to go back to Quito, as I really loved that area. Thank you for taking the time & effort to send these wonderful reports and pictures. God bless and hope you have a safe and easy trip back home. Please advise your arrival.

  2. I guess this is a time of mixed feelings–sad to leave Ecuador and the new friends you’ve made, but glad to see familiar faces again. Soooo, don’t keep us in suspense–what’s the next trip? More vicarious enjoyment ahead I hope?! I’m going to Nashville next week with my BFFs!!! Whee! sounds a little mundane by comparison
    Love,
    Sheila

  3. Glad to know that you came out on the other side safe and healthy. It was a wonderful experience. We’ll be looking forward to the next round.
    I’m in Murray. We had a wonderful service for Mom yesterday in Clinton. Lots of people turned out to honor her. She was the oldest member of the First Methodist Church.
    I feel sad , we truly don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it. I feel relief that she doesn’t have to go back to the nursing home. She was a wonderful, gentle woman. Her motto was, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”.
    I’ll go back to Louisville tomorrow.
    Keep in touch, the weather is beautiful this week.
    Love y’all,
    NGC

  4. Has time flown by for you? I cannot believe it has been almost 3 months. Yes, Nancy is right, Thursday was a wonderful service for Mom- she had so many people that loved her! It does remind you that life is so short, I am so glad that you are both doing what you love and doing it together…..it doesn’t get much better than that.
    Our “little” boy is turning 8 in a couple of weeks, it is hard to believe. We will be heading to Turks and Caicos the 1st week of April to celebrate spring break- we are all looking forward to some sun and relaxation. We love you!

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