78 Photos - May 5, 2014
Photo: Day 0: This is the plane that we were taking from Atlanta airport to the Miami International Airport. It had 15 rows 3 seats wide. It was the smallest plane I have ever flown in.Photo: Day 0: This is the double-decker plane that went by our little plane as we were getting ready to take off.Photo: Day 0: This is the view from the plane when we left ATL. It was cloudy so the view was not that great of the ground, but being in the clouds felt awesome.Photo: Day 0: This is the Miami-Dade Police in the Miami International Airport. All I could think of was CSI Miami.Photo: Day 0: These fish were artwork displayed all over Miami International. They were really interesting to look at and recognize the fish.Photo: Day 0: More of the Miami International DecorPhoto: Day 0: This one had sharks in it.Photo: Day 0: Stingrays!Photo: Day 1: View of the mountains from our room at Hotel Quito in EcuadorPhoto: Day 1: Another view from our room at Hotel QuitoPhoto: Day 1: View from the 5th floor of the Hotel Quito while eating my 5 star complimentary breakfast for the day. There are so many buildings! The mountain in the back is called the Pichincha Volcano. Nothing like eating your breakfast at the bottom of an active volcano that erupted a few years ago!Photo: Day 1: This is Dr. V and Dr. Salazar on the cable lift ride up to Cruz Loma. Smile, we're in the Andes!Photo: Day 1: This is the view out of the cable lift on the way up to Cruz Loma.Photo: Day 1: This is a beautiful little church near the top of Pichincha. I believe the church was called La Dolorosa because of the catholic relic located there called La Dolorosa.Photo: Day 1: This is a sign with information about the relic of the church, La Dolorosa.Photo: Day 1: This is the inside of the catholic church La Dolorosa. The gold inside was so breath taking.Photo: Day 1: This was the arial view from the Pichincha Mountain. It was cloudy so the view was not ideal, but the clouds broke long enough to attempt to get this picture of the city of Quito below.Photo: Day 1: During our hike of Quito, we came acros this cathedral. It was called Basílica del Voto Nacional.Photo: Day 1: Basílica del Voto Nacional street view hiking through Quito city streets.Photo: Day 1: We had dinner at a local resturant called La Ronda. It served many traditional Ecuadorian foods. I ate Cuy which translates into Guinea pig. It was chewy and greasy. Others ate beef tongue and goat stew. This was a local band that played for us while we ate. They were amazing!Photo: Day 1: These guys were so amazing at the resturant La Ronda.Photo: Day 3: The stones marking the entrance to Tulipe.Photo: Day 3: These are some of the tools used by the Yumbo natives. Their civilization predated the Mayans in the area.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe MuseumPhoto: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, this was basically a still used by the native people.Photo: Day 3: At the Tulipe Museum, these are the Tumbo people in their native clothing for summer and winter.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, this is how the burial sites looked for the Yumbo people.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, this is a photo of the walk down to the Tulipe water pools. We were actually walking through the outter part of the Amazon Jungle.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe  Museum, more photos of the walk down to the water pools.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, this flower was so beautiful against the green folliage. The weight of the flower had knocked the limb down to the ground.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, Yumbo healing pools. These pools were aligned with different stars depending on the time of year. These square ones were for the "common" people.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, Yumbo healing pools. This is another one of hte healing pools for a different time of year.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, the instructors and tour guide, Alvero, walking around the pools.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, I had to take this picture. The blue against the green background was so intense. It just pops out. Wow.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, this was a round pool at the "common" people healing pools.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, this was my first banana tree in the wild.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, this was the pool reserved for the "elite" people. The shaman would go to the center of the water and throw the stones into the pool to heal you.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, this was my first coffee bush in the wild.Photo: Day 3: Tulipe Museum, this is the path from the "common" pools to the "elite" pool.Photo: Day 3: Mariposas de Mindo, translation Butterflies of Mindo. This was a butterfly santuary we visited.Photo: Day 3: Mariposas de Mindo, inside the santuary you could put fruit on your hands and try to get the butterflies to land on you.Photo: Day 3: Mariposas de Mindo, these were by far the most species of butterfly in the santuary. They look so cool here like owl eyes.Photo: Day 3: Mariposas de Mindo, this is where they kept the butterfly chrysalis that they collect in hopes they will grow into butterflies to either be kept at the santuary or released into the wild.Photo: Day 3: Mariposas de Mindo, the metalic looking chrysalis are ones that were made by water. That was so neat.Photo: Day 3: Mariposas de Mindo, a butterfly landed on Dr. V's hat, just chillin.Photo: Day 3: Mariposas de Mindo, this is the main building where we ate lunch at the cafe. The view outside was awesome. Just eating lunch in the Amazon jungle, no big deal.Photo: Day 3: Mariposas de Mindo, this was the view walking up to and leaving the butterfly santuary.Photo: Day 4: Old Quito, this is our group as we set off on our second hike of Quito, this day we visited the "Old Quito"Photo: Day 4: Old Quito, this was a monument built in memory of the heros that fought for Ecuador's Indepence from Spain.Photo: Day 4: Old Quito, this is the San Fransiscan church in Quito. It used to be a monestary as well, but the tour guide says no one wants to do that anymore.Photo: Day 4: Old Quito, this is a picture of the guardian of the city from the San Fransiscan Church.Photo: Day 4: Old Quito, this is the part of the San Fransiscan that was the convent.Photo: Day 4: Old Quito, This is the ceiling of the San Fransiscan Church. Breathtaking.Photo: Day 4: Old Quito, this is where the people would cleanse their spirit before entering the San Fransiscan.Photo: Day 4: Old Quito, this was the view inside the San Fransiscan.Photo: Day 4: This is the entrance to the Middle of the Earth on the equator line diving the north and south hemisphere of the planet.Photo: Day 4: This is a star observatory located on the equator. We didn't get to go in, but it looked really cool from the outside.Photo: Day 4: This is another statue on the outside of the equator line museum. It shows the latitude being 0'0'0'.Photo: Day 4: This is some of the decor located around the Middle of the Earth Museum. It was related to a tribe of natives that live around the area and still are secluded to this day.Photo: Day 4: This is more of the tribal stuff around the museum.Photo: Day 4: This is a beautiful colorful totem pole that was at the museum.Photo: Day 4: Some of the pottery and artifacts from the tribal natives.Photo: Day 4: The natives practiced the art of shrinking enemy heads. You can see in the background picture they are cutting of the head, and inside the glass case is an actual shrunken head.Photo: Day 4: This is a photo of the tribe that was found around the area secluded from the modern world until a couple of decades ago.Photo: Day 4: This is how they buried their dead. They placed them in these pots to resemble the womb and rebirth into the next life.Photo: Day 4: This statue is of the man who was in the tomb.Photo: Day 4: These are totem poles from around the world located at the Middle of the Earth Museum.Photo: Day 4: This is me standing directly on the equator.Photo: Day 4: This is Dr. V goofing around at the Middle of the Earth. He said take my picture this is my uncle!Photo: Day 4: This is how the homes of the natives looked. They had big porches because they did not invite people not of their family in to avoid bringing bad spirits in.Photo: Day 4: This is the other side of the porch.Photo: Day 5: This is my host family that I stayed with for days 5-8 of the trip. I lived in their house and went to the British School with their son and shadowed him throughout his day there.Photo: Day 7: These are some of the kids at Los Camanitos de Luz, a PreK and Kindergarten school that we visited on the trip. This was the computer class.Photo: Day 7: These are some more of the kids wanting their picture taken during snack time.Photo: Day 7: These are the kids playing on their playground during recess.Photo: Day 7: They love to have their picture taken all the time.Photo: Day 7: This little girl loved the cameras.Photo: Day 7: This is inside one of the classrooms where we taught our lesson plan that day.