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Oct 2, 2013 - Middle of the World: Near Quito, Ecuador

The French Geodesic Mission to the Equator in 1735, is the result of the “Mitad del Mundo”, that I visited today. The Expedition was to settle a scientific dispute as to whether the earth was completely round or budged in the middle, where the equator is by measuring the length of a degree of latitude at the Equator at as far north as possible. Just think how long it took to convince people the earth was round. They sent two expeditions. One to Lapland, that was as far north as possible and one to Ecuador (was a part of Peru then) . If...

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Jul 1, 2013 - Mitad del Mundo Monument

This morning I met friend Wendi Nutzmann at the Quito Immigration Department. I volunteered for what I knew would be a long day of waiting and pleading Wendi's case to try to correct mistaken information and dates on her movimiento migratorio, her immigration papers. Between meetings, we had time to walk around Parque Carolina and its botanical gardens. Later in the day I took the city bus to Mitad del Mundo Monument to see where the equator crosses Ecuador.

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2013 In Ecuador

Jun 30, 2013 - Quito Sunday

I decided to give Quito, the capital of Ecuador, a second look. I took a Saturday evening flight on TAME Airlines. Flight TAME $46 one-way Taxi Quito airport to Mariscal District of Quito $26 Hothello Avenida Amazonas N20-20 and 18 de Septiembre www.hotelothello.com $44 per nite, double

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2013 In Ecuador

Apr 24, 2013 - Quito, Ecuador

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We found it necessary to make the trek into Quito from the new airport yet again, because we weren’t able to find any flights that would take us from Lima and on to Central America without an overnight stay in Ecuador. It was a bit of a pain because the airport is so very new that there aren’t any hotels established nearby. The airport is only 20km from the city, but an old bridge provides a near-perfect bottleneck for traffic and it can take up to two hours to travel the distance during the busiest times of the...

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Mar 25, 2013 - Manic Monday

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I chose to call this entry ‘Manic Monday’, because after such a long period of being relatively inactive due to feeling slightly under the weather, we ended up packing a great deal into one day. We set off rather early (for us) in order to get to the tourist office at Plaza Grande in the historical centre. We had made a pervious attempt to purchase train tickets on the newly restored rail line from Quito to El Boliche, but arrived only to find that the ticket office closed at 2:00pm on Saturdays. We had been...

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Mar 23, 2013 - Teleférico

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here is an excerpt from the Lonely Planet - Ecuador chapter on Quito: For spectacular views over Quito’s mountainous landscape, hop aboard this sky tram that takes passengers on a 2.5km ride up the flanks of Volcán Pichincha to the top of Cruz Loma. Once you’re at the top (a mere 4100m), you can hike to the summit of Rucu Pichincha (4680m), about a three-hour hike for fit walkers. You can also hire horses, which are about 500m from the upper station. Don’t attempt the trip to Rucu Pichincha until you’ve acclimatized in...

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Mar 17, 2013 - Quito - the end

The day we came back to Quito, we had dinner at an Italian restaurant in the Mariscal, celebrated our successful Galapagos cruise with a glass of red wine, and fell into bed, exhausted, before 9:30 pm. After sleeping a good 10 hours in an unmoving room, we woke up to find out that the room was moving... or so it seemed. I had that funny "like being on a boat" effect for a couple of days afterwards, especially after I just got up. So it looks like not only your body has to adjust to being on a boat, it has to adjust to not being on a boat...

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Mar 9, 2013 - Back In Quito

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Again, another excerpt from the Lonely Planet - Ecuador chapter on Quito: Museo Guayasamiń and the Capilla Del Hombre The former home of the legendary painter Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919–99), this wonderful museum houses the most complete collection of his work. Guayasamín was also an avid collector, and the museum displays his outstanding collection of pre-Columbian ceramic, bone and metal pieces. The pieces are arranged by theme – bowls, fertility figurines, burial masks etc – and in the geometric designs and muted color...

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Mar 5, 2013 - Quito

Between Cotopaxi and the Galapagos, Pierrette and I spent a couple of days in Quito. We went back to the same hotel (Sierra Madre) where we had left some of our luggage. The hotel was near an area called Mariscal, home to many hotels, restaurants, bars, travel agencies, etc. I hadn`t seen it my first time through in December, but as it turned out, I didn`t miss much. Although the area was convenient for eating, it had little charm. The day that we returned from Cotopaxi, we had dinner in a Mexican restaurant and celebrated with a...

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Mar 3, 2013 - Orchids,

After thoroughly enjoying a huge breakfast buffet, we set off with Chris, John and Cindy to check out the botanical gardens. A half hour later we found the huge park, bustling with people on a gorgeous Sunday morning. The gardens were gorgeous with a cool and hot orchid garden, a carnivorous plants section, rose garden, cactus and lots of ferns, etc. The walk back to the hotel was uphill and I'm finding I'm finally acclimatized. We said goodbye as they're all going home, and got a taxi to our hostal. We dropped off our bags and set out to...

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Mar 1, 2013 - Quito, Ecuador

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND To make my writing go a little easier, I have copied some excerpts from the Lonely Planet - Ecuador chapter on Quito: High in the Andes, amid dramatic, mist-covered peaks, Quito is a beautifully located city packed with historical monuments and architectural treasures. It’s Ecuador’s most dynamic city, with a vibrant civic scene and a fascinating collection of neighborhoods. Dining, drinking and merrymaking are all part of the equatorial experience in the world’s second-highest capital. Quito’s jewel is its historic...

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Feb 25, 2013 - Banos, Quito

Poniedzialek, 25 luty – Banos, Quito O 7 rano, jeszcze przed sniadaniem, idziemy do zrodel termicznych. Woda tu jest naprawde goraca. W jednym z basenow nawet 47C. Po sniadaniu bierzemy taxi na dworzec autobusow w Banos ($1.25) i stamtad od razu lapiemy autobus do Quito ($3.50 od osoby). Podroz trwa 3.5 godziny. Po 14 jestemy na pieknym, nowy, dworcu w Quito. Wyglada jak port lotniczy. Stad taxi ($8) do dzielnicy Mariscal w Quito gdzie jest nasz hostel. Mariscal to zupelnie inne Quito ktore widzielismy na poczatku naszej podrozy (Stare...

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