A stop at the Equator Monument outside of Quito was not in Luis's plans, but I was nuts about standing on the equator so he and Carlitos made it happen. We arrived at 4 p.m. in time to get a monument guide to take us through the outdoor exhibits on the equator and the sun, and to be delighted by equatorial science experiments. I successfully balanced the raw egg (yes, I shook it to be sure!) on the head of a nail driven into a board on the Equatorial line. I came home with a certificate to prove it! (No other tourists were successful while we were there!) Don't ask me why but being on the center of our planet has some strange attraction for me! It was a fitting last stop for our trip to the Andes Highlands.