You really can’t come to Ecuador without including a short visit to the actual equator, our next day trip out of Quito. It’s about a two hour trip to the San Antonio parish north of Quito on some great local buses.

In 1938 a 10 metre monument was erected to mark the centre of the earth (Mitad del Mundo). Unfortunately, they missed the mark somewhat and in 1979 it was moved 7km down the road. The area now is akin to an amusement park, with a museum, restaurants, and on Sundays, famous national musicians performing in a little amphitheatre. On the Sunday we arrived the place was rammed with locals signing along to a couple of celebrities. Loads of fun, but not a clue who they were.

I’m resisting posting the usual picture of me with one foot in each hemisphere, or a jump shot of me captured mid-air in front of the monument which was bizarrely popular. I don’t get the attraction of the jump shot photos, some cameras out here actually detect when you are at the optimal point in a jump and automatically take a photo.

Anyway, here is a photo of the equator itself, exciting stuff.

 

The equator, special stuff.

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