The Equator

Of course a trip to Quito must include a stroll along the equator.  The “Mitad del Mundo” is a beautiful site a few miles north of Quito, and is an important historical scientific site.

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Even the benches are beautiful.

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You can go to the top of the tower to have a great view.

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It’s fun to pose on the equatorial line, but because of the earth’s wobble, the equatorial line is described as “a strip about 5 kilometers wide that covers the equatorial valley called “Lulubamba”  (and thus, moves within that 5 kilometers).  But you have to take the photos when you’re there, so here they are, and they were lots of fun:

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The kids also managed to balance an egg on the end of a nail.  It wasn’t easy.  I couldn’t do it, but both of them were persistent and patient enough to do it.

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We also saw some really cute llamas.

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Then we got back in the car and continued north of Quito towards our destination — Otavalo.  We stopped for the famous “bizochos” biscuits along the way.

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Again, a drive across Ecuador is really beautiful.

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We passed the beautiful Imbabura volcano as we entered Otavalo.  The other two volcanos in this area are Cotacachi and Mojanda — all really beautiful to see.

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