Mitad Del Mundo
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Shirt: Banana Republic; Shorts: Madewell; Shoes: Madewell (similar here); Jacket: H&M; Sunglasses: Prada; Earrings: Banana Republic

Welcome to quite literally, “The Middle of the World,” my friends! I never realized that would be so fun to say! Well, anyways, after spending a day exploring Historic Quito and acclimating to the high altitude of the city (nearly 9,350 feet above sea level), Ryan and I set out for a day trip to Mitad Del Mundo and an opportunity to straddle the Equator.

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Rather than paying for a $40 taxi ride to the site, we decided to be adventurous and take the bus. The first leg was getting from our local bus stop to the main station, the Ofelia Bus Station where we would then transfer to the Mitad Del Mundo Bus. The first leg cost $0.25 and about 45 minutes. Upon arrival at Ofelia Station, it was an additional $0.15 and another 45 minutes to arrive at Mitad Del Mundo. All in all, I would say that was the best $0.40 travel I had ever experienced. I love taking public transportation when traveling. I feel like it is the most authentic way to see how the locals mingle, chat and get around the city. I was so absorbed in people watching that Ryan and I almost missed our stop, luckily a women, recognizing that we were tourists, tapped me on the shoulder saying, “Mitad Del Mundo, aquí!”

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Cool, right? Well, from what I have read, the actual Mitad Del Mundo is a few hundred feet away from this spot…apparently, this spot was chosen prior to modern GPS in 1736 by French explorer and scientist Charles-Marie de la Condamine, but if you want, you can buy another ticket to visit the museum 600 feet away and really get the full experience!

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Overall, straddling the Equator was a little cheesy, almost like visiting “Tomorrowland or Toontown” at Disneyland but nonetheless, a fun way to start this trip. If you make it to Quito, I would recommend spending a minute in two places at once and getting that Mandy Moore moment we all dreamt of from “A Walk to Remember,” just without the cancer part.

We are currently in Papallacta, Ecuador, follow along here!

-Chelsea

LocationLOCATION: Quito


    • Thank you Melanie! I also have my Longchamp in toe! I remember you saying that you loved having yours while on your travels, and now I completely understand why! Its so light weight and can fit a TON of stuff haha!

  1. I’ve been trying to find a jacket like this for a while. I love them and think they look great with so many different looks. I’m heading over to the H&M site now. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Hannah! You will have to let me know if you end up buying one :) I have had mine going on 4 years and love it to pieces (literally). Not sure if it will make it through the entire trip, but good thing is, there are plenty similar ones on the market! Good luck hunting for your favorite utility coat!

  2. Wow, these photos are beautiful! You’re having the best time! I love taking public transit when travelling too. It can be a bit stressful (NOT missing your stop, getting on the right bus/train/subway) but it’s totally worth it. Love your leopard flats! They’re adorable and they look super comfy.

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    • Thank you and yes, public transit can be a little tricky but, it is also the easiest way to stay on a budget. SO we take the bus haha! This morning we took a bus from the Santiago bus station that cost us each $5 to Valparaiso. Had we taken a taxi, it would have been $150! So bus it is. I will let you know if we have any disasters on the bus but so far, all is good!

  3. You are definitely seeing some gorgeous places. Love this casual look perfect for walking as a tourist. Those leopard loafers — ahhhh!

    • Thank you Kimberley! Definitely learning what exactly my new focus will be since I love clothes and getting dressed up for the photoshoots, but I also realize I cannot carry all those accessories with me! So stay tuned and provide feedback :)

    • Thank you Jess! It has been a great trip so far and really looking forward to continuing this crazy journey. Hope you like the travel features. I am also expanding my focus (loved your “Turning Heads Tuesdays” series and now the featured blogger posts!), so I would love feedback! Happy Friday!

    • Thank you Carly! I enjoyed checking out your blog this morning! Also, I have many more stories about public transit on the blog now, sharing about our trip to the Galapagos Islands :)

  4. Amazing pictures! That is the definition of budget public transport – if only a bus here cost that much. You look like you’re having such an amazing time and I wish I could be there too!

    Emily x

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