We couldn’t have come all this way and not visited the equator and 0˚0’0” latitude. At the site is a monument erected over the spot determined to be center by a French expedition in the 1700’s. In addition are a few small museums and a Disney-esque village with shops and cafes.
Our next day was spent exploring the colonial streets of the historic center, and World Heritage Site, of Quito. We traveled via the local Trole which took us the short ride from near our neighborhood all the way into the city. We visited the different plazas and several churches, beginning with the Basilica up a hill and overlooking much of the Old City.The Basilica is one of the most impressive of the colonial churches we have seen in all our travels throughout Latin America. It’s a large gothic building with detailed spires and gargoyles in the shapes of animals found in Ecuador and the Galápagos. We marveled at the beauty of the design and entered into a chapel where the pulpit sits in the center of the room with a cupola above surrounded by stained glass. The ceiling and passageways are curved V-topped columns. All of it was impressive and we, of course, took many photos.
What’s up after the break?
Our round-the-world journey continues in two weeks when we travel to a city built on 7 hills along the sands of the desert where we will visit some of the oldest sites we’ve ever seen (things built BCE!).The first stop on the route is to one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in the world that for a time in the 4th century BCE was called Philadelphia. (we hope...)