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The Middle of the World is where the equator passes through Ecuador, get it....Ecuador=equator in Spanish! This was a full day trip, and we really enjoyed it! The first stop, of course, was at the ticket wicket to purchase our tickets. The price for general entrance is $7.50US per person, which lets you into all the attractions. However, Fern flipped out our passports, showing that we were 'old *****', and got the half price ticket! Looks ...
... the lookout and from the water as we snorkelled past it.
What we walked across was a 5km lava flow that is about 150 years old and was absolutely amazing. My photos won't do it justice and there probably isn't much to say other than it is a type of lava called pap Hoi Hoi (which is probably not spelt I like this) which dips, twists etc and is shaped into all sorts of twisty, bent and ropey structures, a bit like cake mix or whipped cream if you run a ...
... All in all glad I took the tour but a fairly expensive day.
By the end of the tour we were all best of buddies and were laughing and exchange email and facebook pages.
The Equator Park was a plus. We had an excellent guide – young, rotund, knowledgeable with a large laugh. She started us off with a review of the indigenous people: their homes, their food, their various practices – making beer, shrinking ...
... a gilded, flowered washbowl and pitcher perched on a curvy stand and a purple fainting couch. The bedside lamp was an old bronze sewing machine with toile flowers blooming out of the top, a lightbulb at the end of each branch. When Guy opened up the purple wardrobe, he found a headless sewing bust, also painted purple, hanging inside.
There is, indeed, a game room, with an antique foosball table, an exquisite hand painted antique ...
... had a day around the old town, taking in all the old colonial buildings and climbed to the top of the Basillica. A tiny ladder took us to the top of the tower and with the high winds, it definitely wasnīt for the feint hearted, but worth the view. Another interessing building was the La Compania church which was decorated with 7 tonnes of gold!
As the capital city, there is a lot more choice at dinner time, we even found a good curry house, much to ...