Galápagos Day 2: Quito Landmarks

We began our day of Quito sightseeing with a visit to El Panecillo and view of Quito from above the city.

Quito, the capitol of Ecuador, seen from El Panecillo
Quito, Ecuador • 0°13’46.10″ S 78°31’5.16″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 70 mm • ISO 100 • 1/500 sec at f/5.0

Next we walked Quito’s Old City …

On Calle de la Ronda on the Quito ‘Old City’ walk
Quito, Ecuador • 0°13’25.91″ S 78°30’54.13″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 300 mm • ISO 100 • 1/250 sec at f/5.6

… and saw Independence Plaza, Government Palace, San Francisco Church, and the beautiful Santa Domingo Church.

Inside the Santa Domingo Church on the Quito ‘Old City’ walk
Quito, Ecuador • 0°13’26.99″ S 78°30’45.33″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 32 mm • ISO 3600 • 1/250 sec at f/3.5

After an hour long bus ride across the city we had a late, but authentic, lunch at Restaurante Cochabamba. Our last stop today was the equator and a chance to stand in both the northern and southern hemisphere at Mitad del Mundo – the equator monument.

Mitad del Mundo – the Middle of the World
Quito, Ecuador • 0°0’8.86″ S 78°27’19.77″ W
Nikon D600 • Nikkor 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 at 28 mm • ISO 100 • 1/1600 sec at f/3.5

We’re heading out to dinner soon. Early tomorrow morning we fly to San Cristobal Island and begin to explore the Galápagos Islands!

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