The whole Guinea pig

The whole Guinea pig

This is how they were presented to us at our dining tables before being cut into bite-sized morsels.


Yes, we ate Guinea pig! And llama!

Yes, we ate Guinea pig! And llama!

Here’s the guinea pig that we ate. It tasted kind of like rabbit, or more like wood rat, according to Sarah Morrison who has never actually tasted wood rat, but has smelled it as she has fed it to hawks. The llama was delicious and very lean and healthy. It tasted like high-quality beef.

Eating Empanadas

Eating Empanadas

Dave, Karsten, John, and Hanna are eating empanadas at a little roadside restaurant. Our meals have consisted of a lot of fresh fish, chicken, and white rice, often with squash soup. Dessert has been fried bananas, other kinds of fruit, or cake. Breakfast is usually scrambled eggs, breads, and passion fruit juice. Tomorrow we go south of Quito to Andean villages for a few days. Rumor has it that we will eat guinea pig at a local residence! We’ll let you know how that goes! So far everyone has been pretty healthy, from a gastro standpoint.

At the Museo Intinan – called the center of the earth.

At the Museo Intinan - called the center of the earth.

This is the GPS-located equator an hour from downtown Quito. We toured a great outdoor museum for the culture and history of the region. Our guide performed several experiments that demonstrated the Coriolis Effect. It was a little rainy, but not cold.
Here is a homework question for school kids back home- What is the actual shape of the earth?

First morning in Quito

First morning in Quito

We’re on the rooftop of the Hotel San Francisco. Sunny, but a little foggy, and cool. We are going to the equator monument and will be farther from the earth’s center than we are in Bozeman. Quito is very mountainous with deep canyons cutting through the core of the city exposing what appear to be volcaniclastic rocks, but we need to investigate the outcrops to determine what the rocks actually are!