First Acclimatization Hike on Rucu Pichincha

Posted by: | June 06, 2010
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 10,000-15,000 ft.

Today we went for our first acclimatization hike to Rucu Pichincha, one of the volcanoes that frame in Quito. We took a Gondola from 10,000’ to 13,000’, and then hiked to around 15,200’. The weather was very nice for hiking: a bit breezy and cloudy in the morning, and then sunny and warm in the afternoon. We had views of the impressive glaciated volcanoes Cotopaxi, Cayambe, and Antisana on our descent. Everyone did very well with our first venture up into that type of altitude - and it was an altitude record for many on the trip- hopefully there will be a lot more of those to come!
Last night we dined at a very nice restaurant that served typical Ecuadorian cuisine. Everyone sampled different local dishes, including cuy (guinea pig)- an Ecuadorian delicacy.

Tomorrow we are off for another acclimatization hike to the climbing hut on the Ilinizas, and we’ll spend the night at a hacienda before heading on towards Cotopaxi.

I will check in tomorrow.

Acclimatization hike on Rucu Pichincha

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