First Day of Acclimatization Hikes

Posted by: | June 21, 2009
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 12,500 ft.

Buenos dias. Yesterday our team traveled to the Pasachoa protected forest for an acclimatization hike. Despite rain and a muddy trail, we enjoyed our hike through the cloud forest, reaching over 12,500’ of altitude before heading back to Quito. Hot showers felt good upon our return, as did dry clothes. We dined at a great authentic Ecuadorian restaurant. Cuy (fried guinea pig) and chicha (fermented corn cider) were sampled, as were the classic dishes of fried pork fritada and llapingachos (potato and cheese patties). This morning the sky is blue with some broken clouds, so were hoping to stay dry on our hike to the climbing hut on the Illiniza volcanoes. This hike will take us to over 15,000’, and help prepare us for the altitude on Cotopaxi. I’ll be in touch with more updates.

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