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Ecuador is a small country that straddles the equator. Quito, its capital, sits at an elevation of some 9300 feet. A city of great colonial and pre-Columbian charm, it has some excellent Inca ruins. While we stayed in Quito for a few days, it was not our primary objective: We used it as our gateway to the Galapagos Islands, some 600 miles offshore.
 We took 591 digital pictures in Ecuador.

Locator Map for Ecuador

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Map Overview of the Galapagos Trip

Our trip to Ecuador included Quito, its capital city, and the outlying islands of the Galapagos. We flew to Quito from Miami. Quito lies on the equator.

In the left picture, I am standing in front of the equatorial monument, La Mitad del Mundo (the center of the world). The next picture is of the two of us at the same site.  This historic site, while impressive, is not on the actual equator. GPS measurements place the real equator some few meters away, with a much more humble marker.
 picture Jerrold Patz Naimah
"Jerrold Patz" "the real equator" tourist attraction 

Jerrold Patz Standing on the Equator at the "Center of the World"   Jerrold Patz & Naimah Zakaria at the Equator Monument, at the center of the world

Jerrold Patz Standing on the REAL equator, 0 0' 0" latitude

Quito's San Francisco Cathedral   Detail of the spire of Quito's San Francisco Cathedral

Gargoyle detail of Quito's San Francisco Cathedral. Note that the gargoyles are Galapagos Tortoises.

In the center of Quito is the large cathedral of San Francisco. Here are shots of it and some of its detail. It is worth noting that some of the gargoyles are Galapagos Tortoises (right picture)
 "Cathedral of San Francisco"    

Under the cathedral is a cemetery and crypt system that was first used for the bishops, and then for the wealthy.
underground crypt 

Burial Vaults under the Cathedral

Jerrold Patz & Naimah Zakaria Overlooking Quito, Ecuador   Quito Cityscape

Here we are on one of the hills overlooking the sprawling city of Quito.
  picture Jerrold Patz Naimah "Jerrold Patz" quito heights

Perhaps somewhat humorous, here I am using Naimah's head to stabilize a telephoto shot. (Thanks Paula for the picture.) 
picture Jerrold Patz Naimah
"Jerrold Patz" human tripod 

Jerrold Patz Using Naimah as a Human Tripod

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