The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

....Pululahua volcano and crater....

....the Museo Solar Inti Nan....

....at the Museo Solar Inti Nan....

....an ancient burial site at the Museo Solar Inti Nan....

....inside the ancient burial site at the Museo Solar Inti Nan....

....Mitad del Mundo...the middle of the earth....

....Nick and Barb straddling the Equator....

....Barb balancing an egg on the equatorial line....

....a monument at the Museo Solar Inti Nan....

....the monument at the "official" middle of the earth....

....views on the way to Hacienda Guachala....(1)

....views on the way to Hacienda Guachala....(2)

....views on the way to Hacienda Guachala....(3)

....views on the way to Hacienda Guachala....(4)

....the courtyard at Hacienda Guachala....

....the stables at Hacienda Guachala....

....whatcha looking at?....

....time for a rest....

....our room at Hacienda Guachala....

....the chapel at Hacienda Guachala (no longer in use)....(1)

....the chapel at Hacienda Guachala (no longer in use)....(2)


...today we were picked up at our hotel by our GAP guide and driver whose name is Freddy and headed north of Quito to Pululahua, an ancient volcano crater...about one hundred people or so live and farm in the valley of the crater created by the volcano millions of years ago...Freddy told us that there are areas of warm spring water which suggests seismic activity and that the volcano is still alive (just sleeping)...Freddy says the people who live in the crater are crazy, although happy and comfortable with their lives...our next stop was at the middle of the earth or Mitad Del Mundo...in the 1800’s, using the best methods available at the time, the middle of the earth was determined and (eventually) a monument was placed on the site marking the equatorial line that divides the northern and southern hemispheres...with the advent of GPS, it was subsequently determined that they missed the mark and were slightly out and that the true middle of the world was 300 metres further to the north...while the monument is still referred to as the official equatorial line, the Museo Solar Inti Nan is the actual centre point and boasts some wonderful exhibits including some fun demonstrations that can only be done at the equator....for example water flows out of a sink straight down at the equator, not clockwise or counter clockwise depending on which hemisphere you are in....and we balanced eggs on the head of a nail since gravity at the equator causes the weight of the yolk to be perfectly centered at the bottom of the egg...after our visit north of Quito, we headed back thru the outskirts on our way out of the city to the northeast where we made our way thru a valley where Quito’s new airport is under construction, on our way to the Hacienda Guachala, our stop for the night...the main structure dates from 1580 and the buildings have survived several earthquakes, although updated throughout the years....



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