Thursday, February 12, 2009

LPOD - Ecuador

Today I attended a presentation about a proposed school trip to Ecuador for my younger son. I had always known that the country owed its name to the fact that it straddles the equator.

But today I learned that, in this one small country, it is possible to see glaciers-and-volcanoes; hot-and-humid forests, and dry-and-dusty zones.

The country contains a volcano called Chimborazo, the summit of which is the furthest point from the centre of the earth (due to the equatorial bulge of the planet). It also boasts the world's highest active volcano, Cotopaxi.

I had seen pictures of some of their crafts before, but those we saw tonight made me wish I was going along, for the markets, if nothing else!

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