Standing on the Equator
Another leisurely start this morning. We'll have to start early one day but let's enjoy it why we can! This morning we're heading north of Quito to La Mitad del Mundo - the middle of the world. It's here we may stand astride the equator line with one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern hemisphere. Yes, it's touristy, but it's fun and how often do you get the chance to do it? The weather is wonderful - yet again. Warm sunshine and clear skies. As a result, we enjoy magnificent views of Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world.
At the equator visitor site we visit the interesting Ethnographic Museum which is housed in an imposing tower set directly on the equator line. The line is painted bright yellow on the floor. Many photos are taken of the the line, and a group of Peruvian school children are fascinated by the line and also by two of our guests, Peter and Val. The children insist on taking a photo of themselves WITH Peter and Val. This is repeated numerous times with numerous cameras! After the extended "photo shoot" we discover the children are part of an educational tour visiting Ecuador - and it has taken them three and a half days to drive from their home town.
Fortunately our next stop is just 10 minutes up the road. We're lunching at El Crater Restaurant, which is perched on the edge of a dormant volcano. The location is stunning and naturally we've reserved the best tables offering the best views down into the caldera. A "light" lunch of typical potato soup, a choice of seabass, pork, chicken or vegetarian main dish, and a choice of dessert (including figs and cheese!) is served. Plus complimentary beers or juices. Everyone seems quite happy. After lunch we explore the gardens and take many photos of the views and of a friendly Llama. At least we think it's a Llama. One of the restaurant waiters tells us its an Alpaca but we're not convinced.
By the way, don't tell anyone, but we're leaving at 8am tomorrow. Early breakfast anyone?