THE CITY TOUR IN QUITO AND STANDING BETWEEN THE EQUATOR

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DAY 2
(THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD OR
MITAD DEL MUNDO)


WOW I slept like a log. I only had 4hr sleep. We have a long schedule. A city tour in Quito, lunch at the EL CRATER, going to the “middle of the world” park which is where the line of the equator is, dinner at a theater, and maybe meeting up with Catalina.  I hope I have time to blog and repack my stuff tonight for the Galapagos Islands.  We need to have our luggage out by 5am and leave at 7am. GOOD GOD I’LL NEVER TO SLEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

We had breakfast, but first I need my tea. I have adjusted to the altitude very well.

basilica church
Quito is 9,000 feet above sea level. There is cure for the altitude change; the waitress in the restaurant says drinking “mate de coca” tea does the trick. I wanted to try it.  There were strange fruits in the breakfast buffet, they were called, granadilla de monte (it’s yellow with tons of grey seeds) and pitahaya(white in the inside with tiny black seeds), both have edible seeds and sweet.

 

 

After breakfast we waited patiently for others to join in the tour.

the plaza
Apparently, there are 4 celebrity exhibition buses to takes us on the tour and to the Galapagos Islands. It’s about 90 passengers. I double checked and made sure I had everything with me. I would hate myself if I forget something important again.

 

 

We headed out to “old town Quito” our first stop was the:

 

 

The Basilica del Voto Nacional, or simply ‘the Basilica’.

iglesia de la compania de jesus
Consecrated in 1988 (though still technically unfinished) the church stands on a steep hill to the northeast of the old town and can be seen from almost everywhere in the city, particularly at night when it is illuminated, beacon-like, in bright green and blue.

 

San Francisco church, this church and it's departments conform the most antique set of Quito. The temple was built between 1536 y 1580. It's architectural features mix elements, which are baroque and mudejar outstandingly. The result assembles great harmony and beauty. The set views the square which is named samely, facing the rising sun. The atrium includes almost the whole of the esplanade where once the old aborigines had a market place.

 

 

 

El Centro Cultural Metropolitano, this mildly interesting museum is worth a visit if you love colonial art; otherwise, I recommend a visit only if you have an extra hour on your hands.

inside iglesia del sagrario
The bustling museum is housed in a 400-year-old complex that contains several extensive public libraries, a museum, and performance spaces. The galleries on the main floor are used for temporary exhibitions and are free to the public. One of my favorite gallery spaces is the large open courtyard, covered with a high glass ceiling. Upstairs, you'll find the Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño. Few museums in the world can boast that they were both a prison and a university -- this museum is one of them. Instead of prisoners or students, however, this space now houses a modest collection of colonial art. Your entrance fee gets you a bilingual guided tour; the guide will also take you to the old Jesuit residences and the basement area that used to house the prisoners. There's a simple cafeteria on the ground floor that makes a good coffee-break spot.

 

Centro Historico de Quito, Plaza grande, which has the government buildings such as the president’s parliament and the Chilean embassy.

inside plaza san francisco

 

La Compañia de Jesus is situated right across from El Sagrario. La Compañia de Jesus is one of the richest churches in South America. The splendor that meets yours eyes as you enter it is unforgettable. The vaulted ceilings and walls are beautiful with moorish ornamentation. Perfect harmony is represented in the main altar and the Salomonic columns of the facade.  

 

After all the churches and city centres. I was looking forward to lunch and going to the equator.  We all jumped in the bus to have lunch call the el crater restaurant which is about 10,000 feet above sea level. Some of the people, including my mum were feeling the attitude. As it is Quito is about 9,000 feet above sea level. The food was good. We were served traditional Ecuadorian food. We were all served a soup called the potato and cheese with avocado, cheese empanadas, and a choice of entrée, grilled chicken, beef tenderloin, and chicken with wine sauce.

bird in the plaza san francisco
  I requested the chicken with wine sauce.

 

Mum and I chatted with the other passengers at our table. One couple is from Canada and other is from Rhode Island, USA.  Both are nice people. We all had some laughs. From where I was sitting, I had a breath taking view of the valley. I must take some photos before we departed.  Mum did some window shopping while I was taking photos.  I was more looking forward to go to the equator.

 

It was 10min bus trip down the road inside this wide gate and floral display of “Ciudad Mitad del Mundo” in white flowers. I could not take photos of it cuz, I was in the bus. I was pretty excited when I walked the middle of the road to the monument. There were stores, eateries, and museum about the equator. I would love to go to the museum where they did the water demo.

me and the bird :)
 However, I can just flush the toilet in my hotel room and see the water flushing down counterclockwise.

 

I was anxious to take a photo of me on the equator with one leg on the northern hemisphere and the other on the southern hemisphere.  Of course, getting my passport stamp with the lat 0’ 0” 0’, all I had to buy was 2 postcards. That was not a bad price.

 

 

The Mitad del Mundo (Spanish for Middle of the World) is a tract of land owned by the prefecture of the province of Pichincha, Ecuador. It is located in the San Antonio parish of the canton of Quito, north of the center of Quito.

 

The grounds contain the Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo, a museum about the indigenous ethnography of Ecuador.

view from el crater
The 30-meter-tall monument, built between 1979 and 1982, was constructed to mark the point where the equator was thought to pass through the country at the time. In fact, a line down the center of the east-facing staircase, and across the plaza, was meant to mark the equator, and countless tourists over the years have had their pictures taken straddling this line. Also, residents said that among other things, placing one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other foot in the southern hemisphere makes you stand right in the equator and weigh less at the equator. However, the entire structure is about 240 meters south of the true equator, which was not precisely located until recently, with the advent of GPS technology.

 

The pyramidal monument, with each side facing a cardinal direction, is topped by a 4.5 meter diameter, 5-ton globe. Inside the monument is a small museum that displays elements of indigenous Ecuadorian culture, such as clothing, descriptions of the various ethnic groups, and examples of their activities.

view from el crater
Mitad del Mundo contains other attractions such as a Planetarium, an amazing miniature model of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and restaurants. On weekends, Mitad del Mundo's Central Plaza is host to varied musical and cultural presentations for tourists.

 

A small town surrounding the monument at the Museo Etnográfico functions as the tourist center, replicating a colonial Spanish town and called "Ciudad Mitad del Mundo" (Middle of the World City).

 

 

The area in the north of the province has been the object of a number of studies attempting to determine the exact location of the equator, with the first result being obtained in the early 1700s by Charles Marie de La Condamine. At the end of the 18th century, General Charles Perrier, from the French Academy of Sciences, was sent to lead a mission to verify that result. Later, in 1936, with the support of the French American Committee, Ecuadorean geographer Dr.

equator mark with me an mum
Luis Tufiño built a 10-meter monument in San Antonio de Pichincha.

 

In 1979, the monument was moved 7 km to the west, to the town of Calacalí. Today, a new and much larger monument, Museo Etnográfico Mitad del Mundo, constructed between 1979 and 1982, stands in San Antonio de Pichincha. Made of iron and concrete and covered with cut and polished andesite stone, it is closer to the true equator than earlier attempts, but still about 240 meters south of the correct line.

 

Today, with the development of GPS technology, the actual location of the equator in this region has been finally determined, and the Intiñan Solar Museum was built to mark the true location of the imaginary line. Within the museum, visitors can perform various experiments that are ostensibly possible only on the equator. However, most of these experiments are fakes. For instances, Solar Museum guides demonstrate water flowing both counter-clockwise and clockwise down a drain, and balance eggs on end, claiming that this can only be done at the equator.

ME ON THE EQUATOR
However, that is not the case.

 

After, all that we all went back to the hotel to get ready of a cultural dinner at the Theatrum, a restaurant in the theater district of Quito. Where we ate and listen to a local singer sing opera songs.  It was a long night, I wanted to blog but, I was tired. Catalina and plan to meet that evening however, we both decided that it was 10pm and It was too late for me to hang out. We had a 3am awake up call to catch a plane from Quito to Quayquil to the Galapagos Islands.  We both just agreed to meet up when I come to quito on april 27th, if catalina doesn’t find a flight to NYC for  the meetup.

 

Afterwards, I just blogged and added entry on the information a retained from the city tour, then I IMed a couple of TBs and off to bed a go. I really meant it jus time.

 

WOO HOO GALAPAGOS ISLANDS HERE I COME………………………                 

 

WILDLIFE COUNT: 0

LOCALS WHO CHARGED TO TAKE THERE PHOTO: 13

 

 

Angelouisa says:
very cool...
Posted on: May 23, 2008
Devika1985 says:
aw girl... this looks amazing...
Posted on: May 14, 2008
TRE69 says:
looks like fun!
Posted on: May 06, 2008
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view from our room
view from our room
basilica church
basilica church
the plaza
the plaza
iglesia de la compania de jesus
iglesia de la compania de jesus
inside iglesia del sagrario
inside iglesia del sagrario
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
bird in the plaza san francisco
bird in the plaza san francisco
me and the bird :)
me and the bird :)
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
equator mark with me an mum
equator mark with me an mum
ME ON THE EQUATOR
ME ON THE EQUATOR
YES THEE BILL CLINTON
YES THEE BILL CLINTON
view from our room
view from our room
my mum
my mum
selling scarves
selling scarves
mum getting pressure buy touts
mum getting pressure buy touts
local police
local police
awwww
awwww
basilca church
basilca church
basilca church
basilca church
basilca church
basilca church
view from the basilca church
view from the basilca church
the lobby of the hotle
the lobby of the hotle
the pool
the pool
my yummy tea, mate de coca
my yummy tea, mate de coca
granadilla de monte and pitahaya
granadilla de monte and pitahaya
on our way
on our way
coke anybody!??!?!
coke anybody!??!?!
basilca church
basilca church
the flag
the flag
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
quito
quito
quito
quito
the military
the military
the military
the military
carondelet palace
carondelet palace
carondelet palace
carondelet palace
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
inside basilca church
shoes laces anybody?!?1
shoes laces anybody?!?1
locals
locals
locals
locals
shoe shine anyone?!?!
shoe shine anyone?!?!
locals
locals
carondelet palace
carondelet palace
inside iglesia del sagrario
inside iglesia del sagrario
inside iglesia del sagrario
inside iglesia del sagrario
inside iglesia del sagrario
inside iglesia del sagrario
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
centro culural metropolitano
locals
locals
locals
locals
hmmm cookies
hmmm cookies
more cookies
more cookies
locals
locals
street gooddies
street gooddies
iglesia de la compania de jesus
iglesia de la compania de jesus
iglesia de la compania de jesus
iglesia de la compania de jesus
iglesia de la compania de jesus
iglesia de la compania de jesus
san francisco plaza
san francisco plaza
hmmm i wonder who hes txting :P
hmmm i wonder who he's txting :P
bird in the plaza san francisco
bird in the plaza san francisco
birds in the plaza san francisco
birds in the plaza san francisco
mum and the bird
mum and the bird
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
inside plaza san francisco
freezed dried ice cream
freezed dried ice cream
shoe laces anyone?!?!
shoe laces anyone?!?!
granadilla/blackberry juice
granadilla/blackberry juice
cheese empanadas
cheese empanadas
pototo with blue cheese soup
pototo with blue cheese soup
coq au vin
coq au vin
lemon cheescake
lemon cheescake
pineapple vanilla ice cream
pineapple vanilla ice cream
el crater
el crater
el crater
el crater
el crater
el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
volcano
volcano
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from el crater
view from the el crater
view from the el crater
equator mark an me
equator mark an me
equator mark
equator mark
equator mark
equator mark
the middle of the world
the "middle of the world"
the middle of the world
the "middle of the world"
MUM ON THE EQUATOR
MUM ON THE EQUATOR
SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD
SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD
passport stamp am on the eqautor
passport stamp am on the eqautor
the middle of the world
the "middle of the world"
apaca lamb!??!!?
apaca lamb!??!!?
OUR BUS
OUR BUS
quito taxi
quito taxi
cute :)
cute :)
sucre nacional theater
sucre nacional theater
cream of cauliflower soup
cream of cauliflower soup
beef medallions
beef medallions
mango and berry sorbet
mango and berry sorbet
chocolate sponge cake with lemon i…
chocolate sponge cake with lemon …
basilica church at night
basilica church at night
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