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Ecuador

At the midpoint of the earth. The equator passes through this banana-producing country.

date of entry 26/11/1997
mileage 185,555

capital Quito

area 283.561 km²

population 15.223.680

GDP 66,38 Bill. US-Dollar

official language Spanish

The country between Colombia and Peru was named after the equator, the line which runs through its territory. Its capital, Quito, is located in the Andes, 2,850 metres above sea level. Otto drove from Peru to the literal banana republic of Ecuador. The country is one of the biggest producers of that yellow fruit.
  • Christine Holtorf took a particular interest in the fur blankets with animal motifs at the market in Quito.
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  • Bananas are an important part of the country’s agriculture. Here the fruit, still green, was being made ready for export.
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  • And this is where the surplus ended up. In 1997, the farmers received just one US dollar for each box of bananas.
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  • Christine Holtorf trod a narrow path: the yellow line divides the Earth into its northern and southern hemispheres. The equator passes a few kilometres north of the capital, Quito.
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  • A view over the roofs and hills of Quito. On the green hill on the left, the statue of a saint can be seen.
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  • It is a winged Madonna, the Virgen del Panecillo. The hill is called Panecillo, because it towers over the city like a lying bread roll. The Holy Virgin stands on a globe, around which a snake is entwined. The aluminium statue is 45 metres high.
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  • The central square of Quito with its well-tended green areas.
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  • Business in religious souvenirs is good in this Catholic country.
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  • The facade of the La Compania de Jesus church was grand enough, but...
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  • ... the interior impressed the Holtorfs even more. The ceiling and columns are adorned with an abundance of gold.
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  • Video: Ecuador – visiting the land of bananas

Otto was here before ...

Peru

date of entry 03 December 1997
mileage 187,402

Chile

date of entry 09 December 1997
mileage 190,234

Bolivia

date of entry 10 December 1997
mileage 190,717

Brazil

date of entry 15 December 1997
mileage 192,115

Argentina

date of entry 18 December 1997
mileage 194,058

Brazil

date of entry 19 December 1997
mileage 194,811

Uruguay

date of entry 20 December 1997
mileage 195,436

Argentina

date of entry 17 January 1998
mileage 199,156

Chile

date of entry 05 February 1998
mileage 203,814

Argentina

date of entry 08 February 1998
mileage 204,453

Chile

date of entry 13 February 1998
mileage 205,500

Argentina

date of entry 18 February 1998
mileage 206,498

Chile

date of entry 24 February 1998
mileage 207,676

Argentina

date of entry 04 March 1998
mileage 209,396

Chile

date of entry 06 March 1998
mileage 209,831

Argentina

date of entry 16 March 1998
mileage 212,504

Paraguay

date of entry 18 March 1998
mileage 214,075

Argentina

date of entry 20 March 1998
mileage 214,595

Uruguay

date of entry 21 March 1998
mileage 215,188

Argentina

date of entry 24 March 1998
mileage 216,772

Uruguay

date of entry 07 October 1998
mileage 217,391

Brazil

date of entry 10 October 1998
mileage 218,789

Bolivia

date of entry 27 October 1998
mileage 226,297

Chile

date of entry 10 November 1998
mileage 228,027

Peru

date of entry 12 November 1998
mileage 228,388

Ecuador

date of entry 22 November 1998
mileage 231,615

Peru

date of entry 23 November 1998
mileage 231,901