Day 1: Mitad del Mundo (the equator... middle of the world) This is the monument marking what was thought to be the equator before the invention of the GPS.
We stopped to have lunch at Yaravi. Ron was excited to finally taste the much-hyped local delicacy--cuy (pronounced coo-ee)......which, in English, means guinea pig...as in the common household pet in the U.S. Before:And after. Yes, he/she still had chin hair and a few teeth. Yuck! Kaitlyn wasn't sure what to think about it.Ron and Barby decided to split the meal. Afterall, it's not cheap. $18 for the plate you see.Here's video of all of us trying it. Mom T looked like she might lose her lunch!
After Barby tried it, she decided she didn't want much more, so she ordered a chicken sandwich and Ron finished off the cuy. He'll eat anything!Kaitlyn lookin' cool after lunch.She's got Daddy wrapped around her finger! After that huge smile Daddy couldn't resist buying the bear for her.All smiles for Tia Barby.At the real equator.No one else could balance on the equator line, but with Daddy's help Kaitlyn did it.Day 2: Mindo (2 ours NW of Quito) for zip lining. First, Ron, Mom T and I did 3 lines so we could get a feel for it. Then Barby and Ron did the full 10 lines.Off we go...Her face says it all!Ron and Barby getting ready to do the full zip tour.Here are a few videos of Ron and Barby doing the "mariposa" (butterfly), then Barby doing the "superman".
Here's Barby coming in from her last line "Superman" style.Next was lunch at the butterfly farm. You may remember this post about it.Day 3: Old Quito and the Basilica del Voto Nacional and the Panecillo.Day 4: Ron and Barby went hiking with some other people from the embassy. They hiked up the Rumiñahui Volcano. This picture below is Cotopaxi, another volcano that Ron has climbed.Day 5: Ron, Barby and Mom T took the Teleferico (cable car) to the top of Pichincha. Kaitlyn and I had to stay behind because children have to be at least 16 months old because of the altitude.Once at the top, they rode horses.I understand Mom T was terrified!Kaitlyn and Nana T...and a cute shot Kaitlyn eating her toes.We had a wonderful time while they were here and wish they could have stayed longer. Now we're gearing' up for Nana and Papa G's visit in a week. We all can't wait!