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Day 6: Mountains to Sea – Through the Middle of the World

June 24, 2014

by Kate, Leslie, and Meghan

After the toucans and trogons bid us farewell, we left the majestic cloud forest and the mountains we have grown to love and headed to the Quito airport. En route, we spent time at “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) – latitude 0°0’0” and, if we had said, “we were the center of the world,” we would have been correct.  After documenting our fun jumping between hemispheres, we looked around at the shopping paradise awaiting us and then took full advantage of our ½ hour opportunity!  Our time passed all too quickly and we reluctantly piled on the bus with bags full of Ecuadorian treasures – tagua nut jewelry, scarves, bags, whistles, llama dolls, and more!

We each had one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the south.

We each had one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the south.

At the airport, we discovered we had internet access for the first time in two days and were thrilled to post Day 4 and to read comments from our friends and family back home in N.C. – it reminded us of receiving summer camp mail!  After a short 45-minute flight, we landed in Guayaquil, where a two-hour bus ride delivered us to the Pacific coast.  Though the ride was long, the company was great and we feel we’ve grown closer as a group, talking, laughing, and learning along the way. The long day’s travel from the mountains to the sea was certainly worth it when our bus delivered us to the town of Ballenita and a breathtaking oceanfront sunset.

Sunset at Hosteria Farallon Dillon

We were welcomed to our hotel with a beautiful sunset.

We eagerly anticipate visiting a new Heifer site, an artisanal fishing project.  We continue to be inspired by this selfless organization that empowers people and communities.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine martell permalink
    June 24, 2014 8:00 pm

    Great post, thank you for this. Hi Tara! Not sure how this works but hoping you get this message. Hope you are having an experience of a lifetime- love mom

  2. Mindy Creech permalink
    June 24, 2014 8:34 pm

    Have enjoyed all the daily blogs-what a fantastic trip with so many beautiful sights! Keep enjoying the journey -love you, Mom

  3. Ursula Knight permalink
    June 24, 2014 9:21 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing this! Melissa R. come back with stories to share!

  4. Beth Winget permalink
    June 25, 2014 7:38 am

    Cindy…I’m enjoying following your trip whether you are receiving all my posts or not! The sunset picture was fabulous. Can’t wait to see more about the fishing there. Enjoy these last few days as I know it is passing too quickly. Beth

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