Photo by Judith Beermannn
Cruz Loma view on Pinchincha Volcano in Quito
Cruz Loma view on Pinchincha Volcano in Quito

If you missed Part I, here it is.

 

11. You might get a free weekend in Quito if you try to get home during a hurricane.

View from Hilton Hotel Colon Quito (Photo by: Judith Beermann) View from Hilton Hotel Colon Quito

12. AKA most underpublicized tourist attraction, TelefériQo (aerial gondola lift) on Pinchincha Volcano to Cruz Loma lookout, one of the world’s highest at 12,943 feet.

TelefériQo (aerial gondola lift) on Pinchincha Volcano (Photo by: Judith Beermann) TelefériQo (aerial gondola lift) on Pinchincha Volcano

13. If you're scared of heights, share your gondola with kids.

On the gondola lift (Photo by: Judith Beermann) On the gondola lift

14. Panama hats are made in Ecuador.

Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

15. At the middle of the world (Ciudad Mitad del Mundo) you can balance an egg but not walk a straight line. Water flows both counter-clockwise and clockwise (straight) down a drain due to Coriolis effect.

Staying connected at a Quito market (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Staying connected at a Quito market

16. iPhones are popular here too.

Old Town in Quito September 12, 2017 (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Old Town in Quito September 12, 2017

17. You say you want a revolution? Public protest erupted in Old Town Quito on September 12, 2017 over former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa’s government amendments. 

Entrance ceiling of La Compañía (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Entrance ceiling of La Compañía

18. Sometimes way too much gold works. The spectacularly ornate Jesuit church, nicknamed La Compañía, is one of the most significant works of Spanish Baroque architecture in South America. There's gold leaf and gilded plaster everywhere (no photos allowed inside).

Domes of La Compañía (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Domes of La Compañía

Orcas up close (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Orcas up close

19. Not even the crew is jaded. When orcas dance around the ship at dinnertime, get up close.

Zodiac ride with guide to view birds (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Zodiac ride with guide to view birds

20. Everyone connected with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic is passionate about preserving, reveling in, and telling the world about the unique and breathtaking life in the Galapagos.