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    Dispatches from Ecuador

    Travel Weekly's Eric Moya was in Ecuador for the 37th Annual TravelMart LatinAmerica, held in Quito Sept. 19 and 20. Over six days, he toured the country's capital as well as Guayaquil, its largest city. Pictured here, the Mitad del Mundo equatorial monument, about an hour outside Quito. The 100-foot-tall monument was completed in 1982. Photos by Eric Moya; posted Sept. 26, 2013

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    Dispatches from Ecuador

    About 250 yards northeast at the Intinan Solar Museum, a more modest marker alleges to be, per GPS technology, the true location of the middle of the Earth.

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    Dispatches from Ecuador

    The Virgin of Quito statue atop Panecillo Hill.

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    Dispatches from Ecuador

    Quito's main square, with the presidential palace seen at right and La Compania Church at left.

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    Dispatches from Ecuador

    Another view of the main square in Quito's Old Town.

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    Dispatches from Ecuador

    The clock tower on Guayaquil's Malecon 2000 riverfront promenade. At left is Guayaquil's Municipal Palace.

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    Dispatches from Ecuador

    The Henry Morgan tour boat sets sail on Guayaquil's Guayas River.

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    Dispatches from Ecuador

    The lighthouse atop Santa Ana Hill, as seen from the Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art on Guayaquil's Malecon 2000.

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    Dispatches from Ecuador

    Sunday morning at the Mercado Norte in Guayaquil. Ecuador is among the world's top producers of bananas.

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    Dispatches from Ecuador

    The rotunda on the Malecon 2000 marks the spot where Jose de San Martin and Simon Bolivar are said to have met in July 1822 to discuss the fight for independence from Spain.

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    Dispatches from Ecuador

    Guayaquil's Seminary Park takes its official name from the Guayaquil Cathedral seen in the background, but it is also known as Bolivar Park for its statue of Latin American liberator Simon Bolivar.

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    Dispatches from Ecuador

    Yet another name for Seminary Park is Iguanas Park, after its many reptilian residents.

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