Arrival in Quito

Posted by: | June 20, 2009
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

Today we spent the day in the capital city of Ecuador, Quito. Everyone is still recovering from a long day of travel to get here. We spent the day going on a city tour with a local guide. On the tour we visited the colonial parts of town, historic churches, plazas, and the presidential palace, and we learned about the country’s history from pre-Incan times through to the present. We then travelled north of Quito to visit Ecuador’s namesake, the Equator. Here we took an interpretive, cultural tour, got to stand on the true equator, and sample some authentic empanadas, meat and cheese filled turnovers.
A light afternoon rain gave most of us an excuse for a quick siesta before dinner at the Magic Bean restaurant. The rain let up in the evening, and allowed us to wander the streets of the popular and lively Mariscal district of Quito, which was hopping was nightlife.

Tomorrow we head to Pasachoa, a protected cloud forest and very old volcano, for an acclimatization hike.

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