Day 235: Heading Home

Thursday, September 1, 2011 Posted by Terry
We're leaving for the airport now.  With a little luck not getting stuck at our layover in Florida, we will be in Oklahoma tomorrow morning in time for Labor Day Weekend.

Our parting shot leaving Oklahoma in January

Our Parting shot leaving Lima tonight

With the camera on set on delay, we "sumo-ed" each other on the count of 10.  Elizabeth lost.

Photo Montage of Foods of South America

Posted by Terry
While looking through our pictures, we noticed how often we apparently pop out a camera to capture our gluttony. Here is our gastronomical conquests over the past 8 months in South America.  I understand there is way to many shots of food here, but be sure to scroll down to our pictures of cuy in Ecuador.

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Argentina


Day 232 - 233: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Posted by Elizabeth
Our last stop in Ecuador was Guayaquil.  It's a southern port city located along a large river about 25 miles from the ocean.  Because of it's location, it's used a hub for cruises and tours going to the Galapagos Islands and launching pad for the sunny beaches of southwest Ecuador.  During our time in Guayaquil, we didn't make it over to any of the beaches or islands but spend our time exploring the city.  Here is my list of things to see/do in Guayaquil.

Climb up to the top of Cerro del Carmen which is topped by the Monument of Christ's Heart.  Also, there is a great aerial view of the city.



Day 230: Mitad del Mundo (Equator)

Posted by Terry
Ecuador is so named because it lies on the Equator.  To commemorate this, the government of one of the local providences north of Quito built a 10 story monument surrounded it by a "colonial style town" and named it Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World).  While this is probably the exact definition of a tourist trap, you can't come to Ecuador without making a trip to the Equator.



Most interesting about this monument is that the exact Equator Line is something of a debate.  The monument was built in 1979-82 on the exact location of what was then considered to be the Equator. With invention of GPS, the equator is now considered to be about 500 feet more to the North (apparently due to the datum used by GPS; WGS84). A number of private "equator museums" have popped up over the years because of this and the fact that the equator isn't really all that rare in Ecuador; is over 300 miles long.  Many of these museums show tricks that are considered only possible on the "real" equator. They include standing an egg on its end, showing that water drains differently (clockwise/counterclockwise) on each side of equator, and difficulty walking the equator with your eyes closed and arms held out.  Truth is, none of these tricks are real, I had actually seen one of them used on an info-mercial to sell shoe insoles.

Day 229: Quito Ecuador

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 Posted by Elizabeth /0 comments
This week, Terry and I were fortunate to add one more country's stamp to our passport; Ecuador.   We began our short trip in the capital city of Quito.  Quito is surrounded on all four sides by the Andes mountain range giving visitors and locals a like a breathtaking view.


On our first day in Quito, we visited the "Old Town" of Quito. Stopping at the Plaza de La Independencia.


Day 223: Fountains of Lima

Posted by Terry
In 2007, Lima repurposed one of their main parks, Park of the Reserve, and turned it into one of the cities major tourist attractions. With a final price tag of $13 million, the park has 13 fully illuminated fountains, many of which are interactive.  Within the first 7 months of its premier, it had 2 million visitors.  It's listed with Guinness Book as the largest collection of water fountains in the world.  The main fountain has a jet strong enough to send a constant spray 260 meters in the air.


Day 218: Monastery de San Francisco and Catacombs

Sunday, August 21, 2011 Posted by Terry

Built in 1557 and later restored in 1672 after an earthquake, the Monastery de San Francisco is a Franciscan monastery and church in downtown Lima. During your visit, you are required to follow a guided tour (Spanish or English) which is included in your ~$2 entrance.  The monastery is famous for it's catacombs lined with the bones from over 25,000 people.


Used as a public cemetery, the monks and parishioners to be "buried" underneath the monastery until 1821.  The decomposition of the corpses was aided with the use of lime before their bones were added to the others.  Some of the pits are said to be as deep as 60 feet. During a study of the catacombs in the first half of the 20th century, the conservationists arranged the bones in the eerie patterns you see in these pictures to aid in their counting.