Did you know Ecuador is Spanish for “equator?”
We made it to the middle of the world! Day two in Quito consisted of visiting Mitad del Mundo City. We enjoyed being in two places at once when placing one foot on the south side of the equator line and the other foot on the north side. Many were successful at balancing an egg at 0 degrees latitude. Surrounding the monument were ethnic museums, a planetarium with a virtual reality tour of the solar system, as well as folk-lore shops and restaurants.
Our team also had the privilege of visiting the factory where Guayusa tea is made. A big part of our trip is our mission with Guayusa, an energetic tea leaf exclusively from the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. It has been used for centuries by indigenous people. College of the Ozarks has partnered with Jungle Kids for Christ by purchasing the organic tea and distributing it back home in order to help the Ecuadorian community. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take any photos in the factory – but there is much more to come with Guayusa, so stay tuned!
For now, enjoy these photos from Mitad Del Mundo.
Post and photos by Kressa Phillips