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A Day on the Equator - 3 September 2021

The Heights of Quito


View Crossing One Off the Bucket List in 2021 on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

I didn't sleep that well and if I got a wake-up call, it didn't wake me up. I woke about 7. The clock was on the other side of the bed and I couldn't see it well.
My room - TV, desk and part of the window curtain - also the scooter

My room - TV, desk and part of the window curtain - also the scooter

Looking into the bathroom

Looking into the bathroom

Window of my room

Window of my room


I got the temperature and it was 55 deg F so I decided to wear a skirt and top. That light blue denim skirt has NO POCKETS. I have to have pockets. Can't use that skirt anymore.

We were at the J. W. Marriott hotel
Hotel front desk

Hotel front desk


We went down to take the Covid test and I was still filling out forms for Snorkeling and Kayaking which basically said that if I had any problems, the only person to blame was me - Silversea would not be libel for anything. They wanted me to be able to walk a mile in 12 minutes or something like that. I answered honestly (which was a mistake) that I couldn't walk at all but I could swim a half mile.
Rob and me getting ready for our PCR test- me filling out the paperwork

Rob and me getting ready for our PCR test- me filling out the paperwork


After the Covid test, we went down to breakfast. There was no menu but you could order what you want. I got a poached egg and toast. There was a buffet and Rob also had pancakes.
Rob's breakfast pancakes

Rob's breakfast pancakes


The waiter also brought us some local delicacies to try.
My breakfast with a local delicacy on the left

My breakfast with a local delicacy on the left

We were finished breakfast by about 8:30 and went back to our rooms. I texted Francisco our guide that we were at breakfast and he said he was running a little late. Both Kathy and I were having some small intestinal problems so we said that was fine it would allow us more time to make a last bathroom trip.

Also I got my negative Covid test results back from the test I took Wednesday. First I got a confidential email from the doctor that I had to sign in to get, and then right after that Bob send me the photo of the form.
My negative Covid test sent by Bob by email

My negative Covid test sent by Bob by email

Hotel lobby

Hotel lobby


We went down about 9:25 and Francisco was there with a man from the hotel and he wanted to know if the scooter would fit in the back of the van. Which of course it would. He turned us over to Jorge to take the tour. Which initially I wasn't too thrilled about. But we got in the van, and drove away. I took photos as we drove
J. W. Marriott hotel

J. W. Marriott hotel

Red Bull sculpture near the hotel

Red Bull sculpture near the hotel

Typical wiring

Typical wiring

Houses on the hill

Houses on the hill

Pedestrian overpass

Pedestrian overpass

Flags

Flags

Driving in Quito

Driving in Quito

Mining operation making dust

Mining operation making dust

Supermarket

Supermarket


We drove a long way. Quito is a long thin city between mountain ranges. Like a river in the valley, it is about 25 miles long.

Mountains around quito

Mountains around quito

Taxi cabs

Taxi cabs


We saw a native tree which has silver on one side of the leaves and green on the other and he gave us many interesting facts about the city and Ecuador
Local tree with leaves that are silver on one side

Local tree with leaves that are silver on one side

Gas and diesel prices (in gallons)

Gas and diesel prices (in gallons)

Houses on the hill

Houses on the hill


After 45 minutes we got to the equator museum which had been recommended to us by many people, but it was called Museo de Sitio "Inti-Nan" and appeared to be made of cobblestones.
The cobblestone effect

The cobblestone effect


They charged us $4 each and gave me a ticket.
Museo "Inti-Nan"

Museo "Inti-Nan"

Llama

Llama

Museo sign

Museo sign

Entrance fee

Entrance fee

Years 1966-1979

Years 1966-1979

Equator museum

Equator museum


Then they said that in 15 minutes we could have an English tour. Still under the impression that I was at the wrong museum, I said that I didn't think I wanted to wait. So immediately a guy came up and said he could help us and do the tour right then.

I didn't think that this was the museum that I wanted to see. It was very hard on the scooter, because the paths were steep and sometimes slanted so that I was afraid I would fall over. Also the scooter continues to have a problem turning left.
Mural in the equator museum

Mural in the equator museum


First he went into all the rain forest creatures, boa constrictor, tarantula, anaconda. Then he talked about the shrunken head indigenous people.
Head shrinkers

Head shrinkers


I was not interested in that. The next place there was another tour there so we didn't see that.

Then he got into the equator part which we were really interested in.
Sundial from the scooter

Sundial from the scooter

Sundial

Sundial

Jorge our guide

Jorge our guide


He explained how the sun dial worked, and he demonstrated how the water swirled clockwise south of the line and counter clockwise north of the line, and if you had it right on the line it just went straight down.
Explanation of the Coriolis effect

Explanation of the Coriolis effect

Demonstrating that the water doesn't swirl on the equator

Demonstrating that the water doesn't swirl on the equator


We got our passports stamped, and he took our pictures.
Our photo at the equator

Our photo at the equator


Rob trying to stand and egg on one end

Rob trying to stand and egg on one end

Rob trying to stand an egg on end

Rob trying to stand an egg on end


Then they wanted the ticket back. I think that is the way that they keep track of their visitors. They were lucky that I remembered where I put it and could actually find it. If I had known that they would want it back, I would have taken a photo of it.

We went to the other, more modern looking museum which I think was municipal but Jorge said that there were no elevators so I would not be able to get up to the exhibits - I could only get up the roof. And since I figured I had seen what I came for, we didn't stop there.
Modern equator museum

Modern equator museum

Equator monument

Equator monument

Equator monument

Equator monument


We saw a number of statues, but I can't find any information about them.
Statue

Statue

Statue

Statue

Statue of a man

Statue of a man

Statue - bust of unknown person

Statue - bust of unknown person

Arch and statue

Arch and statue

Hummingbird - mural

Hummingbird - mural

Art mural

Art mural

Mural

Mural


I said we wanted to go up the Cable Car which Barb had mentioned and also the Rob and Kathy wanted to do the swings. So that's where we went next. We drove up the steep mountain (or volcano) and eventually we came to a toll booth and they wanted $3.00. On the way down - they wanted their ticket back at the toll booth.

Anyway the car climbed and climbed and eventually got to the cable car terminal - Jorge parked in a handicapped space. Kathy wanted to use the bathroom - She had to pay for toilet paper there. Women 25 cents - men 15 cents. Jorge turned me over to one of the people running the cable car and Rob went in and paid. He said he and Kathy were $8.50@, I was $6 and Jorge was $5.00.
Andalucia artwork at the cable car headquarters

Andalucia artwork at the cable car headquarters

Cable car instructions

Cable car instructions

What you should know (about the cable cars)

What you should know (about the cable cars)

Bottom building of the cable car operation

Bottom building of the cable car operation

Prohibited items (explosives, food, dogs)

Prohibited items (explosives, food, dogs)


The man I was with took me around the back way with the scooter, and eventually Jorge and Rob and Kathy came around the corner. We 'hopped' in. Jorge tried to fold the scooter but he didn't know how to fold the seat down. He still managed to get on the cable car with the scooter.
People getting off the cable car

People getting off the cable car

Cable car

Cable car


I was sitting with my back to the valley so I couldn't take many photos on the way up.
Going up in the cable car

Going up in the cable car


Cable car headquarters and an amusement park

Cable car headquarters and an amusement park

Looking down at Quito

Looking down at Quito

Going up the cable car

Going up the cable car

Antennas on the hill

Antennas on the hill

Going up in the cable car

Going up in the cable car


It had been hot and sunny at the equator museum, but now it was cold. At the top, we looked at the view
Mountains and volcanoes

Mountains and volcanoes

Volcano

Volcano

and then Rob and Kathy climbed up to the swings. I would have liked to do the swings which swing out over the edge of the mountain, but I knew I couldn't do the climb.
Rob on the Swing

Rob on the Swing

Kathy on the swings

Kathy on the swings

Swings

Swings


I wanted something hot to drink but the place in the shop at the top where you buy souvenirs didn't have an elevator to the 2nd floor restaurant. So I went out and on looking around, I saw a place that looked like it sold coffee and hot drinks. There was a step, and I was going to leave the scooter and step up, but the owner came out and showed us a way in without a step. I got the chai tea and what I thought was a roll like I had at breakfast, but it was really a long ham and cheese sandwich. Total was $4.00.
Clock on the wall says 10 of 10

Clock on the wall says 10 of 10


The clock in the shop said it was about 10 of 10, so I didn't realize that I was hungry for lunch. Really it was about 12:30 But I drank the tea and talked to Jorge. He had to train for a year to be a guide. (That's pretty common for guides need to be trained and licensed.) He said he had been a government worker and he got tired of that so he did the guide training in 2019 and then ... pandemic. He has a daughter 18, a daughter 23 and a son.
Kathy eating lunch

Kathy eating lunch

Rob eating lunch

Rob eating lunch


After Rob and Kathy came down from the swing about 1300, they got empanadas ($2.50@ which looked a bit like Cornish pasties) and we all got hot chocolate.$2.50@ I looked at the time and it was still 10 of 10. But it was really 1315.

On the way down I was in the same seat but facing the valley this time and could take photos.
View from the cable car

View from the cable car

Watch tower

Watch tower


View of Quito from the cable car

View of Quito from the cable car

Quito from the cable car

Quito from the cable car

Quito in the valley

Quito in the valley

Quito from the cable car

Quito from the cable car

Cleared area on the mountain

Cleared area on the mountain

Looking down at Quito

Looking down at Quito


Jorge pointed out that in the old section of town, there are a lot of church steeples. He said the old section was only about 2 miles long
Old town marked by church steeples

Old town marked by church steeples


When we got back to town, I said that I had done about as much as I could and asked that they drop me off at the hotel before they did the Old Town tour. So they did. I had a little trouble with the elevator - I would push the button and the elevator would be behind me and I wouldn't get there before it closed. The second time I tried it another woman got in with me. You have to swipe your room card to get the elevator to run. She swiped her card but the elevator wouldn't stop on 5 because she was going to the 8th floor. I had to swipe my card for the elevator to stop on 5.

I also had trouble getting in my room. Going out is no problem. I can pull the door to me and it will catch and stay open. But it is heavy and I couldn't open it far enough to 'catch' so I had to hold it at the same time as I was going in with the scooter.

Kathy and Rob went on the rest of the tour and I saw their photos when they got back
old town

old town


San Francisco square

San Francisco square

San Francisco square

San Francisco square


They climbed the winged Virgin Mary. ($1@)
Winged Virgin Mary

Winged Virgin Mary

volcano

volcano

Shops

Shops


and they had some kind of alcoholic ice cream ($2@). Ice cream shop

Ice cream shop


Alcoholic ice cream

Alcoholic ice cream

Phone booth

Phone booth


Originally the tour was to be $110 but it didn't include the equator museum. Jorge said it would be $140 and Rob paid him plus a tip - he said it was well worth it.

We were to have a night tour of the old town at night, but it started to rain and we decided not to go. Rob and Kath had already seen it and I decided I didn't need to.

Kathy was tired and didn't want to go out to dinner. There was one of those fractal squares QR code) which had the room service menu.
Room service menu

Room service menu

Munchies

Munchies


My phone refuses to read them. We both had potato soup, and I also had a vegetarian dish with cheese and eggplant. It was good, but I couldn't eat it all.
Potato soup

Potato soup

Cheese and eggplant vegetarian dish

Cheese and eggplant vegetarian dish


The directions we were given as to what we are doing tomorrow were somewhat confusing. We are to leave our checked bags outside the door by 9 pm with a yellow ribbon on them (we are in the yellow group) and a tag with our ship room number. These will be collected and inspected for contraband such as food, seeds, non-reef friendly sunscreen etc. and hermetically sealed (not really -they are just in a locked room). With Rob's help I packed. I put everything except my nightgown, the pants and top I am wearing tomorrow, my medicines and my computer into the checked bag.

Then we are to be in the lobby by 7:15 with our carry-ons to go to the airport and collect our bags to check them.

When we put the luggage out, we had to have them tape the yellow ribbon to the rollator box. Kathy was afraid of theft, but everyone on this floor is on our cruise and no one can get to this floor unless they have a room here (except for the employees of course).

Posted by greatgrandmaR 01:11 Archived in Ecuador Tagged cable-car equator quito ecuador

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I am reading with my phone so I can't quite see the local delicacy, is it that black funnel thingy? Was it good?

The cable car looks like fun!

by hennaonthetrek

The black thing was some kind of wrap with a corn mush or something like that inside. Kathy and I debated as to whether you ate the wrap or not. And it is still there on my plate because I didn't like it.
Yes the cable car was fun.

by greatgrandmaR

They wrap some sushi in seaweed so maybe that? Or do seaweed get big enough?

by hennaonthetrek

That's what it reminded me of, but it was something like a corn husk and it wasn't seaweed.

by greatgrandmaR

You were lucky with the weather on the cable car ride. When we got to the top it was thick cloud and we couldn't see anything! I enjoyed the ride however :)

by ToonSarah

I was unaware that it was even a problem, but I suppose it makes sense. We were there at the end of the dry season, so maybe that had something to do with it.

by greatgrandmaR

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