A Week on the Equator

The past 7 days, I’ve been spending time in Ecuador. It consisted of a free walking tour, going to the largest indigenous market in South America, taking a cable car up to 4,050 meters, and going to the middle of the world!

The free walking tour was a good way to get oriented with Quito, Ecuador’s capital city. Wandering through the streets, visiting famous churches, and eating food from a local market was a great first day in Quito.

Saturday, a few fellow travelers and I took a 2 1/2 hour bus ride up to Otavalo. Otavalo is a town known for the largest indigenous market in South America. There were tons of vendors selling crafts, clothes, food, and souvenirs. It was definitely a sight to see! The magnitude of colors was so amazing to see throughout the market.

On Sunday, we decided to take the famous cable car here in Quito to the starting point of hiking a volcano just outside the city. The views were spectacular going up as we saw more and more of the city, rising higher and higher into the sky.

Not to mention this fun swing where we got some pretty good pictures! I swear there was ground right below me!

On one of my final days here, I went to the middle of the world. Quito and Ecuador as a whole is known as middle of the world but the location where 0 0’0 is was calculated by GPS and is about an hour north of Quito. Having been on the opposite side of the world at 0’0 0’0 with Semester at Sea, this was pretty cool to go to.

I enjoyed my brief stay here in Ecuador. There’s a lot I didn’t do that hopefully, one day I’ll be able to come back and do.

This trip is going by fast. Tonight I’m off to Peru for my 5th and final country of this trip. I’m getting excited for Peru but also getting excited to go home and be around family for a bit.

More to come.

Happy Halloween!

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