Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

[Recapping our trip, 311 days in]

After a relaxing week in Asunción, we spent the day flying on Friday, March 10 to Quito, Ecuador. Thanks to my Chase Ultimate Rewards points and a transfer to Singapore Airlines, we were able to fly business class on Star Alliance partner Avianca. In our ten months of travel to this point, we had never before needed to take multiple connections to get to our destination, but that had to change. We had a comfortable day of travel, but it certainly took the entire day as we changed planes first in Lima, Peru and then afterwards in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

We stayed in Quito for a whopping nine days, our longest time staying in any single city for our entire trip! We definitely loved the city (although part of our delay was our decision to wait until the dates when we spied the cheapest flights to the Galapagos Islands; more on that later).

We enjoyed relaxing in the city of Quito, and the highlights included a day trip to the nearby town of Mindo, where we saw some incredible hummingbirds and a butterfly garden, and a trip to Mitad del Mundo, the monument erected on the equator so that tourists can enjoy spending some time in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the same time. (Fun fact: the monument at Mitad del Mundo was built decades ago, but the recent invention of GPS proved recently that it’s actually in the wrong place, a few hundred meters from the true equator line. Oops.)

Beautiful street in old town Quito. That white sign on the right is where we could find dinner for $1.50.

Old town Quito was on a high hill, with gorgeous views of the city and valley below.

We stumbled across an astronomy museum in Quito where Charley pored over some old tools.

Rockslides are a fact of life on the road, and we sat and waited a while en route to Mindo.

Beautiful hummingbird, but of course his wings are little more than a blur.

A couple hummingbirds have a snack.

View of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres from the Mitad del Mundo monument.

Not even hemispheres can separate this pair!

Craig Chu

Craig Chu

Craig is a credentialed pension actuary who worked most recently as a software developer with Winklevoss Technologies, in Greenwich, CT USA, where he worked to maintain and develop ProVal, the world’s leading software product for pension valuation and forecasting analytics. A proud graduate of Caltech, he is a big fan of all things science-related, as well as (in no particular order of preference) beer, New York City, choral singing, and cats. He can be reached at craig@draftitinerary.com


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