Ecuador, from the Andes to the AmazonDecember 9, 2018
TRAVEL GUIDE – Straddling the two hemispheres, Ecuador plummets colonial architecture, Andean culture, breathtaking peaks and Amazonian wetness, under the sign of Indian authenticity. A condensed landscape and atmosphere of Latin America, peace and quiet.
Latitude 0 ° 0 ‘0 “. Any trip to Ecuador takes place at the Mitad del Mundo monument (“half of the world”), the official site marking the equinoctial line separating the terrestrial globe into two halves that are strictly equal. Camped on either side of this imaginary demarcation, one foot in the northern hemisphere, the other in the southern hemisphere, visitors sacrifice to the ritual of the selfie. This little symbolic intoxication, headed to Quito, the capital, less than half an hour away. If the mega-cities of South America often arouse some distrust, Quito causes the opposite effect.
It emanates from her benevolent energies and a charming impression of tranquility. This soothing atmosphere contrasts with its natural setting, very rugged. Caught between two volcanic chains, the city winds its way, serpentine, more than 50 kilometers from north to south on a high plateau, more than 2,800 meters above sea level. Like sucked to the sky. In fine weather, from the belvedere of the winged Virgin, at 3,000 meters, you …