I'm here...in the rain..but here!
Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
16Trip End Feb 03, 2012
We start with tour driving across town, passing a park with colorful humming bird statues. Very pretty! We head up to El Panecillo hill (small bread roll- guess that's a good name for a hill) to the our Lady of Quito statue. It's a great view of the city-if only it wasn't raining! I am able to just see the colorful buildings and roofs below me.
Then we head down to the old town center at Independence Square
After lunch, we walk up narrow streets to meet the bus. Eduardo drives for an hour south past the historical equator marker to the Museo Intinan, an indigenous center that has now been identified as the true equator. There are some exhibits of indigenous peoples lifestyle, including shrunken heads, mixed in with demo's of equator effects, such as Coriolis effect.
We drive back to hotel, but get stuck in traffic near the end so we run the last block through a downpour- just a tad wet.
Quickly to room for drop off, cleanup, then down to the business center for a 1.5 hr presentation covering the history of Ecuador by Diego Quiroga. He seems to have covered a couple million years of history in a very short time!
We have a great steak at Cook's restaurant in the hotel then back to the room to divide luggage between what's staying and what's going on to Sacha lodge. I've brought along a roll-up nylon duffle bag to use with the "what's going" s stuff.