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The original "equator" monument
Went to a park where they have weekend markets selling indigenous handicrafts geared towards tourists.  Well, we were tourists, so that's ok.  You have to bargain for everything, and if you don't know how much something should cost, you can get majorly ripped off (i.e. the same necklace at the airport was $45 and I could get it at the market for $3).  However, when it's something like buying a necklace for $5 instead of $2, it doesn't really affect most of us Americans whereas it'll make a huge difference in the not-as-fortunate indigenous people.

Afterwards, we went to el Mitad del Mundo - the middle of the world aka the equator.  There are two museums - one that feels a lot like an eerie Disneyland, and actually ~200 meters off the actual equator, and one that claims to be at the real equator "according to naval GPS" (Museo Intinan).  Did the whole balancing egg on a nail head, watching the water drain 3 different ways, and trying to walk on the "equator line" in a straight line with our eyes closed.  The water draining is really the only thing you can't dispute there (clockwise in the southern hemisphere, counter-clockwise in the nothern, and straight down on the equator).
mellemel8 says:
you have awesome pics. i am going in april. i hope the weather is great. i am looking forward to come here.
Posted on: Oct 01, 2007
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The original equator monument
The original "equator" monument
Museo Intinan - my balanced egg
Museo Intinan - my balanced egg
random shrunken head
random shrunken head
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