Day 15 – Quito and Home

We had until 2:30pm to pack, check-out and explore the city. We ate our breakfast early and decided to walk to a park area that contained a natural history museum.

We saw many amazing murals in Quito.  I especially like the ones  along the Av. Amazonas.
Another mural
Pretty!
During our morning walk, we saw many terrific murals
Peter in the Parque La Carolina
A panorama of the park.
Another view of the Parque La Carolina
Inside the Natural History Museum
Peter looking through very large teeth
We saw a nest very much like this in the Amazon
A weevil, closely related to this one, was featured on Day 4
A display on Sea Urchins
I think this is along the Avenue de la Republica
Another street view
Great Wall autos are assembled in Ecuador
We stopped here for lunch.
We both had this wonderful soup for lunch.
A parting shot of our hotel, the Reina Isabel.

We saw many amazing murals in Quito. I especially like the ones along the Av. Amazonas.

Another mural

Pretty!

During our morning walk, we saw many terrific murals

This was along the Av. Amazonas.

Peter in the Parque La Carolina

According to Wikipedia: "Parque La Carolina[1] is a 165.5-acre (670,000 m²) park in the centre of the Quito central business district, bordered by the avenues Río Amazonas, de los Shyris, Naciones Unidas, Eloy Alfaro, and de la República." Wiki link.

A panorama of the park.

Another view of the Parque La Carolina

Inside the Natural History Museum

We visited the Natural History Museum which is inside the park.

Peter looking through very large teeth

We saw a nest very much like this in the Amazon

avispero = wasp's nest

A weevil, closely related to this one, was featured on Day 4

A display on Sea Urchins

Showing some "shells" or spines similar to those that we saw in the Galápagos.
According to a page on Galápagos wildlife (link):
"Sea urchins are common in the Galápagos. One species, Eucidaris thouarsii, the pencil-spined urchin, is covered with thick pencil-like spines that disintegrate only slowly and often cover beaches. This species feeds on corals and other organisms. The endemic green sea urchin, Lytechinus semituberculatus, is also common. Like sea cucumbers and starfish, the sea urchins move about slowly with many small "tube-feet." Sand dollars and sea biscuits are also echinoderms."

I think this is along the Avenue de la Republica

Another street view

Great Wall autos are assembled in Ecuador

We did not know much about Great Wall. It looks like this company has vehicles assembled in many countries. GWM uses knock-down kits (a kit containing the parts needed to assemble a product) for assembling outside of China.

Links:

  • According to Great Wall Motors Wiki: "Making an initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange on 15 December 2003, Great Wall was the first private Chinese auto manufacturer to become a public company. The company is considering listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange as well."
  • Ecuador facility news
  • This prompted me to wonder about "knock-down kits" or "complete knock-down" (CKD) Wiki

We stopped here for lunch.

Mama Clorinda, famous for Ecuadorian food.

We both had this wonderful soup for lunch.

It was a potato soup with avocado and cheese.

A parting shot of our hotel, the Reina Isabel.

We checked-out for the third and last time today. We fly home tonight.

We saw many amazing murals in Quito.  I especially like the ones  along the Av. Amazonas. thumbnail
Another mural thumbnail
Pretty! thumbnail
During our morning walk, we saw many terrific murals thumbnail
Peter in the Parque La Carolina thumbnail
A panorama of the park. thumbnail
Another view of the Parque La Carolina thumbnail
Inside the Natural History Museum thumbnail
Peter looking through very large teeth thumbnail
We saw a nest very much like this in the Amazon thumbnail
A weevil, closely related to this one, was featured on Day 4 thumbnail
A display on Sea Urchins thumbnail
I think this is along the Avenue de la Republica thumbnail
Another street view thumbnail
Great Wall autos are assembled in Ecuador thumbnail
We stopped here for lunch. thumbnail
We both had this wonderful soup for lunch. thumbnail
A parting shot of our hotel, the Reina Isabel.   thumbnail

In the afternoon, we visited a wonderful market. I have been trying to find a link to the this particular market, but I cannot say for sure that I have found it. I’ll bet the market we went to is somewhere on this list. Here are some other references: Link 1. Link 2. A possible map. Trip Advisor also shows several pictures, however, the pictures may not be the same place. (I’m obsessing here. You know how interested I am in food.) After visiting the market, we were taken to an “Equator Museum”, stopping for the world’s best sherbert on the way. Then we rode the bus back into town to visit an ethnographic museum. We had a private tour of the museum and then also had dinner at the museum. We then had a bus ride to the airport. We had a flight back home that left around midnight.

In the afternoon, we visited a local market.
Potatoes
Ain't this great - a whole hog's head.
Another view of the hog's head.
Here are two price lists from 2 different vendors.
There were a couple of spots selling juice.
More scenes from the market.
P1020829_C_market_corn
More corn
Smurf shopping bag - I should have gotten one of these.
More scenes from the market
There were a number of kids in the market.  It looked like they were waiting for their moms.  They seemed to be having fun.  No one hovering over them either.
Chicken parts!
Chickens as typically displayed.  The orange parts are egg yolks.
Graffiti
We drove by lots of businesses, including this flower shop.
Watch the clouds.
Notice the change from the previous picture.
Propaganda along the way
Here we are enjoying sherbert
Featured fruit
Sherbert or iced fruit....
More on the Coriolis effect
Here is the Equator....no, I think it isn't...
Google indicates the equator is in a different  place.
There were some amazing flowers at the Equator Museum
The unopened flower.
More.
Aboriginal reproductions in the Ethnographic Museum
More aboriginal work.
Peter participating in an impromptu concert.

In the afternoon, we visited a local market.

Potatoes

Ain't this great - a whole hog's head.

Another view of the hog's head.

Here are two price lists from 2 different vendors.

There were a couple of spots selling juice.

More scenes from the market.

P1020829_C_market_corn

More corn

Smurf shopping bag - I should have gotten one of these.

More scenes from the market

There were a number of kids in the market. It looked like they were waiting for their moms. They seemed to be having fun. No one hovering over them either.

Chicken parts!

Chickens as typically displayed. The orange parts are egg yolks.

Graffiti

On the way to the market we saw lots of clever graffiti

We drove by lots of businesses, including this flower shop.

Watch the clouds.

While driving out of Quito to visit the Equator Museum, we noticed how swiftly the clouds were moving on top of the mountain shown here.

Notice the change from the previous picture.

The clouds moved quite a bit during the time we were at this intersection - file write times differed by ~3.5 minutes.

Propaganda along the way

Here we are enjoying sherbert

We stopped at this lovely little spot on our way to the Equator Museum.

Featured fruit

Sherbert or iced fruit....

Our guide, George, took us to a sweet little ice fruit stand.

"Learning" about the Coriolis effect

We are at the Equator Museum (Intiñan Museum) now and it is entertaining - in the same way the Mystery Spot is entertaining here at home (link for Mystery Spot and See also the link for Intiñan Museum)

More on the Coriolis effect

Here is the Equator....no, I think it isn't...

OK, this Equator Museum is not really on the Equator, the line is off by a bit - see next slide. But you can still have a nice time here, you just have to realize that there are theatrics involved.

Google indicates the equator is in a different place.

One of the tricks used at the Equator Museum was to take a sink and place it on either side of the fake equator line and have water swirl in different directions. I imagine they poured the water slightly off kilter to get it to swirl clockwise or counter-clockwise. Then the sink was placed right on the fake line and there was no apparent swirling. When you see the water swirling down the drain, in different directions, on either side of the line, be entertained as you might at a magic show. Suspend reality here and have fun.

There were some amazing flowers at the Equator Museum

The unopened flower.

More.

Aboriginal reproductions in the Ethnographic Museum

We visited the Mindalae Museum, a "Ethno-historical Ecuadorian Crafts Museum" early in the evening. We also had dinner here. Here is a link to the Museum's page. Here is another link from Quito's tourism site.

More aboriginal work.

This one has a modern look to it, I think.

Peter participating in an impromptu concert.

In the afternoon, we visited a local market. thumbnail
Potatoes thumbnail
Ain't this great - a whole hog's head. thumbnail
Another view of the hog's head. thumbnail
Here are two price lists from 2 different vendors. thumbnail
There were a couple of spots selling juice. thumbnail
More scenes from the market. thumbnail
P1020829_C_market_corn thumbnail
More corn thumbnail
Smurf shopping bag - I should have gotten one of these. thumbnail
More scenes from the market thumbnail
There were a number of kids in the market.  It looked like they were waiting for their moms.  They seemed to be having fun.  No one hovering over them either. thumbnail
Chicken parts! thumbnail
Chickens as typically displayed.  The orange parts are egg yolks. thumbnail
Graffiti thumbnail
We drove by lots of businesses, including this flower shop. thumbnail
Watch the clouds. thumbnail
Notice the change from the previous picture. thumbnail
Propaganda along the way thumbnail
Here we are enjoying sherbert thumbnail
Featured fruit thumbnail
Sherbert or iced fruit.... thumbnail
More on the Coriolis effect thumbnail
Here is the Equator....no, I think it isn't... thumbnail
Google indicates the equator is in a different  place. thumbnail
There were some amazing flowers at the Equator Museum  thumbnail
The unopened flower. thumbnail
More. thumbnail
Aboriginal reproductions in the Ethnographic Museum thumbnail
More aboriginal work. thumbnail
Peter participating in an impromptu concert. thumbnail

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