After a workout at the small gym I went to breakfast and had an omelette they made especially for me. I tipped the cook at the end of breakfast. We took an Uber to the Middle of the World, Equator. After a 45 minute ride we arrived to the area and entered the park. We spent spent all morning and even had lunch there. It was a nice theme park. We arrived early so there were no lines. We paid to enter and took the elevator to the top of the monument.
There we had a nice view from the top of all the area. We then took pictures and Carmen walked down the stairs to view the museum areas at each floor landing, I took the elevator back down. We walked around and found the llamas - Carmen fed the llamas. We could have gotten our passports stamped but did not, because we did not have them. We decided to buy t-shirts with the 0 degree 0 latitude sign. Carmen bought a hammock that she would carry in her backpack. We had lunch and saw them roasting the guinea pigs, but did not try them. Carmen refused to look at them, because she felt sad. We walked to all the shops and decided it after an ice cream to leave.
We took an Uber to the Schoenstatt Sanctuary at the top of a hill. We arrived after they had finished service but still walked into the chapel. It was a very pleasant atmosphere, beautiful and so peaceful. Next to the chapel there is a small school that is run by the same church staff. We have visited three of these little churches and hope to visit more around the world. From there we walked a couple of kilometers towards the hotel. We walked past some very impoverished areas then some very nice areas with homes that had lovely gardens. Many of the streets were steep walks downward and this was painful on the knees. We finally decided to get a cab and paid to paid .50 cents to get to the hotel.. :) We wanted to go out to eat so we took an Uber to the Mall del Rio.
The driver told us a story of getting his masters in the US. Carmen bought some face cream for her sunburn from being at the Equator. I bought some shorts for future use.
We made reservations to fly to Cuenca, a 55 minute flight instead of a 12 hour bus ride for $60.00 each. I booked 5 nights at the Marriott in Cuenca for only 30,000 IHG points. The fifth night was free. The point savings has been very helpful on this trip.