RMI Team Arrives in Quito

Posted by: | June 05, 2010
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador

Our team has all safely arrived in Quito (the capital city), and is presently getting accustomed to the new environment and the high altitude here. Today we went on a city tour of the historical parts of Old Town Quito, where we saw much of the colonial center of town. We learned a good bit of interesting Ecuadorian history from our very knowledgeable and enthusiastic local guide, Jorge. After various stops at historic points of interest we traveled to the hill in the south of Quito known as El Panecillo, where beautiful weather afforded us expansive views down on the city of Quito, as well as views of the mountains we will attempt to climb: Cotopaxi to the south and Cayambe to the north. Next we headed south to the equator, where we were able to stand with one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the southern hemisphere! We also visited a very interesting ethnographic museum at this site and we learned about the very diverse cultures of Ecuador. The day ended with a delicious dinner in the relaxing atmosphere of the popular Magic Bean restaurant.

Tomorrow we will take our first of two acclimatization hikes. We will take a gondola ride from Quito to 13,500’ and begin a hike up the Volcano Rucu Pichincha. The hike will take us up over 15,000’ and (weather permitting) will allow for views of the Avenue of Volcanoes. Everyone is doing well here in country, and we’re looking forward to getting some exercise on our hike tomorrow. I will check in tomorrow to update you with the events of the day.

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