On the way back to Quito, a stop in the Andean paramo (~ 4000 m) to look at plants adapted to the extreme conditions of this high elevation, tropical shrubland ecosystem.
Standing on the Equator at Museo Intinan
Llamas are fully domesticated camelids and have been a part of South American culture for centuries. Their ancestors originated in North America and migrated south during the Great American Interchange ~ 3 million years ago. The llama pictured is in the kush or resting position with its legs neatly tucked under the body (at Museo Intinan).
The last group dinner in Quito.