Quito. Alter a great 8 days in the Galápagos we were once again in city land, this time it´s Quito, the capital of Ecuador and its enormous. The city sprawls out over the nearby hills like a plague of concrete. That said Quito turned out to be rather nice.
The city is surrounded by Volcanoes and high hills so much of the time the peaks remain shrouded in clouds and clouds mean rain. When it rains here it surely throws it down.
The city has some marvelous old buildings in the historical sector of the city and one church in particular ( yes I have forgotten its name and so has Linda though she says it begins with a "C" ) was spectacular, The amount of gold inside the church was quite obscene. Sadly even aflter paying an admission fee we were still prohibited from taking a few harmless photos, I think the idea was to squeeze more dollars out of the gringos for a few postcards.
Main Plazza Quito.
Not far out of Quito are two places claiming to be on the equator line, the rather flash and impressive Mundo created a few years ago is sadly about 300mt off target so the medals go to the smaller equator museum just down the road. The museum and attractions here are mostly tribal and simple experiments in showing how the Earths rotation effects things like water falling down the plug hole, at the centre there was no vortex at all but just 1 metre Either side of the equator line a vortex is clearly visible.
North of the eqator the vortex is anti -clockwise and South its clockwise.
Linda on the Equator.
Equator Line ( the real one ).
The problem with the low cloud and rain effectively stopped us from taking the 20 minute cable car ride to the parque Volcan which overlooks Quito.
Quito odd pic.
The only thing wrong with Quito is some of the Taxi drivers ( yellow cabs ) , like a lot of their breed around the world they think it is fair game to negate on an agreed fare and try to rip you off, perhaps a cull of these vermin is in order.
From Quito we took the 4 hour bus to Banos in search of some sun and a little warmth.