Mitad del Mundo
"Ecuador" means equator in Spanish, and naturally we had to visit the equator line in the "Ciudad Mitad de Mundo."
TelefériQo Cruz Loma
A gondola lift in Quito, Ecuador, running from the edge of the city center up the east side of Pichincha Volcano to lookout Cruz Loma.
Zue and I went horseback riding through the mountains, which was amazing! I loved Quito's mountains so much, that I decided to return another day for a longer, solo trek on horseback! I didn't realize how terrifying it would be climbing around the edge of the steep cliffs, or how sore my legs would get, but Felipe the horse did a great job! I met the kindest woman, Consuelo, who lives in the mountains and taught me about her culture. And on my way back down I ran into a friendly guy with some cool llamas!
Basílica del Voto Nacional
This is a Roman Catholic church located in the historic center of Quito. It is the largest neo-Gothic basilica in the Americas.
Otavalo Day Trip
Zue and I made a day-trip by bus to the nearby town of Otavalo. This town is most famous for the Otavalo Market located in the Plaza de Ponchos. Unfortunately we weren't able to go on a weekend, when the market is busiest, but we still found many shops set up with textiles and handicrafts.