Centro del Mundo
Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
88Trip End Aug 15, 2013
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How could we be in Quito and not visit the monument of the equator? We had been told by several people that it's not really worth going to, but come on, we all have to indulge in the utmost touristy things at times! We hired a cab to take us the the centre, wait for a few hours and then drive us back to the Basilica, near our hotel.
Caleb was truly excited to perform the science experiments that he had heard about, flushing the toilet and trying to balance an egg on it's end. Unfortunately, we were at the wrong Centre of the World for the toilet thing. I guess there is another Center of the World that was set up by the French that has sinks where you can watch the water drain down in different directions. Anyway we only went to one Centre of the World and ours had a spot where you could try to balance an egg on it's end. It actually works. We have the pictures to prove it!!!
Following the Centre of the World we got back in our cab and navigated the roads of Quito to get us back to the Basilica. Quito is a beautiful city with sculptures on every block along with green parks. I particularly loved the giant "living wall" they have. Anyway, the Basilica was "finished" in the 1890's. That's a long time ago!
We recollected ourselves at Casona del la Ronda and then hit the street for a vendor's pizza. Up and down the street yet another carnival was taking place with music and vendors. I get the feeling that this is an every night occurrence! We walked past a place advertising giant empanadas, so of course we had to try! Try as we might, the four of us could not finish the massive treat. Back to the hotel we went to prepare for our early morning pick-up for Galapagos.