Ecuador, Quito: By Jen Oliak

We started the Ecuadorian part of our trip in Quito. We stayed at the Marriott on Amazonas Avenue between the Financial Center and the Colonial City. We did a day tour in the Colonial City. On Sundays, the streets are closed to cars. People are in the streets dancing, singing, and visiting each other. The energy was palpable!

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The stories these men must have!

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This old man loved the woman dancing next to him.

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So many different styles of music

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We also visited the Equatorial Monument, 16 miles north of Quito, which is in the exact middle of the world at Latitude 0. It’s where we stood with one foot on each hemisphere (North and South)! We visited the Ethnographic Museum, which is inside the monument, where they show the history of the different Native American groups living in Ecuador.

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Heads of Kings were preserved and shrunk and displayed as a sign of respect.

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Guinea Pigs are a delicacy!

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Right Foot, Northern Hemisphere. Left Foot, Southern Hemisphere.

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On the Equator, an egg can be balanced on a nail due to the pull from both hemispheres.

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Water doing down the drain usually swirls right or left. At the Equator, it does not swirl at all.

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Jake attempting to balance the egg on the nail…

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Justin got it!

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On the Equator, it is nearly impossible to walk in a straight line.

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Justin had fun trying, despite losing his balance over and over.

We visited Quito because it was a gateway city to the Galapagos Islands. It was worth a 2 night stay in the city to explore the Colonial City and the Equatorial Monument. The city is full of history and an energetic spirit.

Read all about our trip to the Galapagos Islandsย and Machu Picchu!