Historical Quito and the Middle of the Earth
Hope this post finds you well. Here inquito I’ve just escaped hail and a small storm, which seems to be the norm in the mid-afternoons in Quito. Hot in the mornings, cools down around 1pm and then in comes the rain!
Quito’s historic district, the ‘Old Town’ – where I’m fortunate enough to be staying – is really special. The architecture is inspiring, and the cobblestone streets and churchs, well, it has a real feel of Europe.
Yesterday I did a city tour in the morning and in the afternoon I headed out to the ‘Middle of the Earth’, which is a monument on the Latitude of 0 degrees. Except that they got it wrong when they erected it and actually the real equator is 30 metres or so from it. So they built a museum on the spot and painted a big red line and you can stand on it, try to balance an egg on it (apparently possible a the forces from each hemisphere are equal here) and see the water go down the plug hole in different directions depending on which side you’re on.
Dubious still in my mind. So today I visited an historic house, Casa de Sucre, where one of the founders of South American Freedom and independence from Spain lived. Stunning house! Huge, wonderful rooms.
Then I hiked up the hill to the Basilica del Voto Nacianal, where I climbed many steps to get to the tower. The final bit of the climb was not for me, but I was pretty happy with how far I made it for amazing Quito views and a good dose of vertigo. The church was started in 1885 and completed in 1985.
Quito is filled with convents, cathedrals and cobblestone streets. Oh, and squares – it has many. Tomorrow I will be heading out for a day tour to the Quilotoa Loop, a bit higher than Quito at around 3800 metres and I’ll be doing a bit of hike there so hope my lungs are up to it. Then I meet my tour group for Galapagos at night and fly off Friday in the morning, so it might be a little while before I get a chance to blog again.
Take care, and May the Journey Never End!