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  • San Francisco de Quito, the capital of Ecuador,

    厄瓜多的首都「基多」,

  • sits at over 9,000 feet above sea level.

    位於海拔 2700 公尺處。

  • Quito’s volcanic peaks straddle the equator,

    基多的火山山峰

  • the invisible line around the center of the Earth

    橫跨了圍繞地球中心的赤道, 這一條看不見的線,

  • after which this South American country was named.

    也是厄瓜多這個國家 名稱的由來。

  • Located high in the Andes,

    高聳的安地斯山脈

  • on the bulge of the equatorial line,

    豎立在赤道之上,

  • Quito is the closest national capital to the sun.

    而基多就座落在此, 是最接近太陽的國家首都。

  • Fitting for a place at the intersection of two hemispheres,

    由於橫跨南北半球, 在這裡,

  • there is symmetry everywhere you look.

    許多東西都是兩相對稱的。

  • As a meeting point between two equal halves,

    身為南北半球的交會點,

  • Quito is all about balance.

    基多是一個充滿了「平衡」的城市。

  • Just like the Earth,

    就像地球一樣,

  • it's intersected by an imaginary line,

    基多被一條看不見的線劃分成兩半,

  • separating the UNESCO-protected Old Town

    一半是受聯合國教科文組織保護的舊城區,

  • from the trendy New Town,

    另一半是時尚的新城區,

  • mirroring the past with the present.

    分別代表個過去和現代,兩兩相望。

  • To see both halves at once,

    如果想要一次飽覽兩邊的風景,

  • take the gondola up the Pichincha Volcano.

    可以搭乘纜車登上皮欽查火山。

  • On these slopes,

    1822 年時,

  • a historic battle took place that resulted in Quito’s liberation from Spain in 1822.

    在這些山坡上發生的戰役, 將基多從西班牙手中解放。

  • Declaring victory was independence leader Antonio José de Sucre,

    而當初帶領大家贏得勝利的 就是獨立領袖 - 安東尼奧‧何塞‧蘇克雷。

  • whose statue stands far below,

    他的雕像就豎立在山坡下

  • in front of the Santo Domingo Church.

    聖多明尼戈教堂的前面。

  • In the Metropolitan Cathedral,

    在面向獨立廣場的

  • facing Independence Square,

    大都會大教堂中,

  • you can visit Sucre’s tomb.

    您可以參觀蘇克雷的陵墓。

  • Despite being one of the oldest cathedrals in South America,

    除此之外,這間教堂更是 南美洲最最古老的大教堂,

  • the lofty building still impresses anyone who enters its cool interior.

    而這座華麗的建築 依然令每個走進去的人感到驚艷。

  • Many artworks incorporate local interpretations of the Bible,

    建築內的許多藝術作品, 都融入了當地對於聖經的詮釋,

  • such as the guinea pig served for The Last Supper.

    例如在最後的晚餐中 提供豚鼠餐點。

  • The cathedral’s blend of indigenous,

    大教堂內容合了原住民、

  • European and Arabic styles became known as the Quito School of Art

    歐洲和阿拉伯風格的元素, 因此也被稱之為「基多藝術學校」。

  • and this style can also be found in the nearby Basilica de la Merced,

    而這樣的風格也被運用在 鄰近的默塞德聖殿之中。

  • which, among other historic treasures,

    聖殿本身就是一項珍貴的歷史寶物,

  • has an impressive cloister library.

    並且擁有令人讚嘆的修道院圖書館。

  • Back on the Plaza de la Independencia,

    回到獨立廣場,

  • a soaring monument shows the national emblem,

    紀念碑上展示著厄瓜多的國徽,

  • the condor,

    老鷹以及獅子。

  • symbolically breaking the chains of oppression from Spain, the lion.

    而掙脫枷鎖的老鷹, 正是厄瓜多脫離西班牙統治的象徵。

  • This generous public space is also known as the Plaza Grande and,

    這片區域也被稱之為「大廣場」, 是城市的心臟地區,

  • as the civic heart of the city, houses the Municipal Palace and the Presidential Palace.

    也是市政廳 以及總統府的所在地。

  • In between stands the former Archbishop’s Palace,

    位在市政廳和總統府中間的, 是昔日的大主教宮殿,

  • now a cultural center and restaurant.

    如今則化身為文化中心和餐廳。

  • Take a seat on a patio balcony to sample authentic Ecuadorian food,

    在露台上找個位子坐下來, 品嚐馬鈴薯湯

  • such as a hearty potato soup and deep-fried plantains with cheese.

    以及酥炸起士芭蕉等 道地的厄瓜多佳餚。

  • After lunch, take a taxi to Itchimbia Park,

    享用午餐之後,搭計程車

  • on a hill just to the east.

    前往東邊山丘上的伊奇姆比亞公園。

  • Its contemporary Cultural Center is wonderful,

    公園中現代化的文化中心固然非常值得一看,

  • but the main attraction here is the view.

    但這裡的風景才是重頭戲。

  • Below, the Basilica of the National Vow,

    一腳踏進國家誓言大教堂,

  • offers a peaceful haven to everyone who steps inside.

    不論是誰, 都能找到心靈的平靜。

  • The sunlight filters in through the stained glass windows,

    陽光透過彩繪玻璃 散落一地,

  • creating an ethereal space.

    也照進了心裡。

  • Walk across the cathedral’s spine at roof level

    爬上屋頂, 嚴著大教堂的屋脊行走,

  • to climb its highest tower for unforgettable views of Panecillo hill

    然後爬上大教堂內最高的塔, 遠眺麵包山

  • and its winged statue of Mary.

    以及聖母像。

  • The artwork was inspired by Quito’s Madonna,

    保存在聖方濟廣場上

  • a precious statue kept safe in the church on the Plaza de San Francisco.

    教堂內的基多聖母像, 正是這尊藝術品的啟發。

  • This square was an important market place in pre-Inca times

    這個廣場在前印加時期 是重要的市集,

  • and in its underground passageways you can still buy local artifacts.

    時至今日,您仍然可以在地道裡 購買當地的手工藝品。

  • To lure the sun-worshipping locals to their churches,

    為了讓崇拜太陽的當地人 願意走進教堂,

  • the Spanish depicted sun motifs on the ceilings,

    西班牙人在廣場南邊的

  • as is clearly visible in The Church of the Society of Jesus just to the south.

    耶穌會教堂天花板上, 畫上太陽的圖案。

  • With its dazzling interior and volcanic stone façade,

    耶穌會教堂有著金碧輝煌的內裝, 和石頭砌成的外牆,

  • this truly is one of the continent’s finest.

    絕對稱得上是南美洲最美的教堂之一。

  • A good place to end your tour of the Old Town is the nearby ancient thoroughfare:

    接著,前往附近的老街: 隆達街,

  • Calle La Ronda.

    結束您的古城區之旅。

  • Transport yourself back to the 21st century in Quito’s New Town,

    來到當地人稱「馬里斯卡爾」的 基多新城區,

  • known locally as La Mariscal.

    讓您瞬間將時空拉回 21 世紀。

  • The area around Plaza del Quinde is an energetic jumble of colors and styles,

    欽德廣場周邊, 以及鄰近的手工藝市集

  • and so is the nearby Craft Market.

    充滿了活力和色彩。

  • Nearby, the bohemian Guápulo neighbourhood

    旁邊充滿波西米亞風格的

  • clings to the mountain slopes, providing a glimpse of what lies beyond.

    瓜普洛社區依山而建, 擁有美麗的山景。

  • Just to the north, in the Valley of Lulumbamba,

    往北走,來到路朗班巴谷

  • you can stand in two hemispheres at the same time.

    您可以一腳踏在北半球, 一腳踏在南半球上。

  • The carved stone heads leading up to the Mitad del Mundo Monument represent the French scientists who

    而在赤道紀念碑前 成排的石雕頭像,

  • almost three centuries ago, declared this to be the Equator.

    是為了紀念在三個世紀前, 宣稱這是赤道線的法國科學家。

  • Modern technology shows this is not the case,

    雖然現代科技證明了此說法並不正確,

  • but it’s still a popular attraction.

    但這仍然是一個非常熱門的景點。

  • The Intiñan Solar Museum, less than 800 feet away,

    不到 250 公尺以外的英特南太陽能博物館,

  • lays claim to be on the real equatorial line.

    就座落在真正的赤道線上。

  • The entertaining experiments aim to show a change in the pull of gravity,

    各項有趣的實驗顯示出 地心引力的改變,

  • although in reality the effect is too minute to observe with the naked eye.

    即使在真實生活中, 人們幾乎注意不到這些微小的改變。

  • The shrunken head on display here, however,

    而這裡展示的縫製人頭吊飾,

  • is anything but a trick:

    是敘阿族人參與戰爭的戰利品,

  • it’s a war relic of the tribal Shuar people.

    可不是說笑的!

  • Many of Ecuador’s surviving indigenous people still live off the land.

    許多厄瓜多的原住民 依然住在這裡。

  • This rural region may be poor,

    這個偏遠地區雖然不富裕,

  • but it’s volcanic landscape is extremely fertile and rich in biodiversity.

    但其火山地形造就了肥沃的土壤 以及豐富的生物多樣性。

  • A prime example is the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve,

    其中最成功的範例就是 普盧拉瓦植物保護區,

  • one of South America’s first national parks and one of the largest volcanic craters in the world.

    這裡同時也是南美洲第一個國家公園, 以及世界上最大的火山口之一。

  • Pululahuais Quechua forcloud of waterand the caldera is often shrouded in mist.

    「普盧拉瓦」在克丘亞語中是「水霧」的意思, 而火山口也經常被薄霧籠罩。

  • Of similar mystical appeal is the Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve,

    另一個充滿神秘感的景點, 就是「普庫納雲霧森林保護區」,

  • a lush paradise for hummingbirds.

    這個蔥鬱的森林也是蜂鳥棲息的地方。

  • Some of these tiny birds have adapted to the high-altitude prairie of the nearby Cotopaxi National Park,

    一些體型嬌小的蜂鳥,已經適應了 科托帕希國家公園的高海拔氣候,

  • finding nectar on the cliffs of its highly active volcano.

    可以在懸崖上採蜜, 活耀於火山地區。

  • Despite volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and power struggles,

    儘管有火山爆發、地震, 以及能源供應的問題,

  • Quito has always recovered its equilibrium and,

    基多總是能恢復平衡,

  • today, continues to shine.

    繼續大放異彩。

  • In order to create harmony,

    為了創造和諧,

  • we don’t always have to choose between tradition and progress,

    我們不一定總是需要選邊站, 不管是在傳統與進步,

  • or spirituality and science.

    或者迷信和科學之間。

  • Come take a journey to themiddle of the world

    來走訪一趟「世界的中心」

  • and find wonder...

    美景

  • and wisdom...

    和智慧

  • in Quito...

    就在基多

San Francisco de Quito, the capital of Ecuador,

厄瓜多的首都「基多」,

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