FlyingBones travel blog

Locals dancing Salsa

Standing on the Tourist Equator

The Equator cuts through this building

Volcan Cotopaxi in the distance

Slopes of Cruz Loma

View of Cruz Loma

Fi with Quito in the background

Down on the Teleferico & Goodbye to Quito


Well, we travelled back to Quito from Banos with a friendly taxi driver & his daughter though when we got to Quito it was us giving the driver directions as he really didn't have a clue where to go... we got there in the end & only for $80 which is $50 less than going the other way (Quito to Banos)...tell me... how does that one work out???

Yesterday we went to Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the Earth) & stood on the Equator...well close anyway... The actual location identified by del la Condamine was shown to be only 240m off the mark (by GPS)... not bad considering he did his calcs in 1739...

Unfortunately, the actual line does not pass through the monument but we believe actually a small museum further down the grounds...

The monument itself is nothing special but it was fun day out, to first have lunch in the southern hemisphere (actual) & then have a beer in the actual northern hemishpere...All in the afternoon sun listening to a local band (OK OK we are now getting tired of pan pipes...)

Yes, that's another thing... if you really want to annoy your friends play them pan pipe music ALL day long... & don't forget to pick Chart Songs & butcher them senseless...

UPDATE UPDATE...Fiona & I are now fully recovered from our bouts of sickness, but hey there's always Peru...Oh & ask why Fiona tried to blame a bad smell on a NUN.....

Today, we faffed about in the morning to get our adapter fixed (no small mean feat, including a Radio Shack & lots of screwdrivers)... Then this afternoon we headed up to Quitos mini wonder, the Teleferico. It's a gondola which takes you up the slopes of Cuz Loma. The top of the Teleferico is 3100m & Cruz Loma rises above behind to 4700m.

Sadly, much as we wanted to, we just didn't have the time to climb it...lol

OK... so tonight we fly on to Peru & it's Hasta Luego to Ecuador...

Ecuador is by no means a poor country, it's just that the wealth is very evenly distributed. Dollarisation has pushed prices up & up but with it too, it has brought investment. Undoubtedly, the numerous Dutch & American tourists have helped.

Fiona & I have strangely liked Ecuador, Quito is bustling & vibrant but choked by fumes...The countryside a cross between Switzerland, Southern Spain & Wales...

Banos was pure bliss & had the small town cozy feel.

The Galapagos, in hindsight were nice but a very expensive diversion... Great to see the wildlife...but was it worth the cost...perhaps not...

If you're thinking of coming here... do

but bring plenty of antibiotics...

Anyway, must sign off now, plane for Peru leaves in 4 hrs...

We are joining an organised tour with Trailfinders, Peregrine Tours...so internet access may be difficult...



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