Getting closer and closer to the Southern hemisphere where we will be standing on the Equator. Actually Ecuador means “the Equator” in Spanish, what is a better place to stand on the Equator?
But before crossing the Equator to the Southern hemisphere we stopped in Ibarra and visited an Australian, Graham, that was on “ioverlander”. A the border into Ecuador we met Will riding his Honda. He decided to join us, and together we drove through the mountains on the Pan-American highway. What a beautiful ride…
Will riding his Honda 250
We stayed an extra night in Ibarra visiting the local gym and tasted some of the local food. Did I say that some of the food was spicy?
Walking around and take in the town. The tourist book didn’t tell much about this town, but the center is worth a visit and really relaxed – praying for good weather in Ecuador
Check out the wooden figures… Carved out of one piece of tree each of them
Goodbye to Graham and his wife – thanks for letting us stay with you
We left Ibarra and made it to the Equator! Pulling the motorcycle the last few centimeters, so the GPS read Location S 00.00000 degrees (right picture). The metal line in the ground (left picture) marks the exact Equator, also called “The middle of the world”. Actually most tourist visit the Equator at “Ciudad Mitad del Mundo”, but the location is not on the Equator, which lies about 240 meters north of the marked line. The Equator itself crosses the land or territorial waters of 14 countries around the world.
This is the real location of the Equator
Taking extra pictures of the Equator and Esben’s motorcycle. We had to pay a entry fee for us and the motorcycle, so mine was left outside in the parking area .
At the Equator an English speaking guide told us more about the stars in the sky, because in the night you can see both the Northern and Southern hemisphere of the sky. The Equator have a constant twelve hours of day and night throughout the year. In its seasonal movement through the sky, the Sun itself passes directly over the Equator only twice each year, on the 20 of March and the 22/23 of September equinoxes. The weather is not the same year around. The tropical areas along the Equator can experience wet and dry seasons, other regions may well be wet for much of the year. The highest point on the Equator is 4,690 meters (the furthest you can get away from the center of Earth), on the south slopes of Volcán Cayambe in Ecuador so in theory you could go skiing on the Equator (Source: https://eden.uktv.co.uk/nature/earth/article/equator-facts/).
I just had to stand on the Equator… Looking up inside the orange pole (right picture)
The last few pictures from the Equator. For us it was much bigger to cross the Equator, than we had expected. It was our first time on the Equator and it was our first time on the Southern hemishere. We have made it so far, and still it feels like we have a long way to go. We have looked at Google maps, and there it s still a long way to Ushuaia – right now we don’t know if we are gonna go all the way, time will tell.
Back on the motorcycles, we drove the last kilometers to Quito, where we would stay with Juan and Ali. Quito is also where we are gonna leave the motorcycles and fly to the Galapagos Islands for 3 weeks.
But before flying to the Galapagos meet Juan, Ali and their two dogs. First let us introduce Juan, who has a Kawasaki KLR and a member of the Horizon Unlimited community in Quito. After getting in touch with Juan, he invited us into his home, and we could store our motorcycles in his garage while visiting the Galapagos.
Going out for pizza (really good pizzas!) and corn with mayonnaise and cheese
Meet their two dogs…
Juan and Ali showed us around Quito, and where Ali and I went to buy the Ecuadorian Canelazo. Canelazo is sugarcane alcohol (Aquardiente) with hot cider and cinnamon. We tried two flavors: blackberry (Mora) and citrus.
Visiting Quito on a Saturday night, for the second or third time on our trip, we felt that it was weekend. Somehow when we travel, we don’t get the feeling, that it is weekend. We really do miss the weekends, but we don’t know how to “practice” the weekend anymore. It kind of disappears, because we travel and live a life on the road. It makes me consider, that maybe it is important to take a weekend away from the travel, where we actually feel it is WEEKEND. One evening we just ordered a pizza, which has not been possible for the last 6 month – and the pizza place delivered the pizza! It felt more and more like weekend.
Juan and Ali took us to the viewpoint “El Panecillo”. Its where you see “the virgin of Quito” in the light
It took 20 years to built “the Virgin of Quito”, and it was finished in 1975
Ali works on a cruise ship on the Galapagos. She gave us so much great information about the Galapagos before we left. It really made a huge difference for us, and we felt prepared, when we took of for the Galapagos. Thank you Ali .
See you on the Galapagos islands – watching the documentaries “David Attenborough’s Galapagos” on the flight