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.
Even the benches are beautiful.
You can go to the top of the tower to have a great view.
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:
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.
We also saw some really cute llamas.
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.
Again, a drive across Ecuador is really beautiful.
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.