Ecuador is a country straddling the equator on South America’s west coast. Its diverse landscape encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands. In the Andean foothills at an elevation of 2,850m, Quito, the capital, is known for its largely intact Spanish colonial center, with decorated 16th- and 17th-century palaces and religious sites, like the ornate Compañía de Jesús Church.
We visited Ecuador in November 2015 and stayed at the Hilton Colon in Quito. We enjoyed exploring Quito aboard it’s hop-on-hop-off city tour bus and visited the Peguche Waterfalls. We also rode the TeleferiQo, a cable car lift in Quito which takes you to the top of Pichincha Volcano overlooking the city- one of the highest lifts in the world. Lastly, we visited the middle of the world (latitude 0-0-0 on the equator). The Ciudad Mitaddel Mundo (Middle of the World city) contains the Monument to the Equator and the Ethnographic Museum Middle of the Earth. This is official government property, which was built on the incorrect geographical location of the equator. We also visited the correct geographical location of the equator, at the Intiñan Solar Museum.