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