Ecuador Volcanoes: Casey Grom and Team Visit the Sights of Quito

Posted by: | July 24, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 9,350'

Hello everyone,

The entire team has safely arrived here in Quito after our long flights from the states. Our late arrivals didn’t allow for much other than checking into the hotel and getting a few hours of shut-eye. 

We woke to a beautiful day here in Ecuador and had a wonderful breakfast with a nice variety of eggs, sausages, fried plantains, breads, yogurts, and freshly squeezed juices. After washing everything down with plenty of coffee the group met for some introductions and an overview of what’s to come over the next few days. We also discussed how to be a savvy tourist while traveling abroad to help keep us from any unwanted situations.

Our plan for the day was to explore a little of this colonial city and visit the equator for which this country is named for. We started off with a visit to the equator where we saw with our own eyes how water spins counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere and then just a few feet away spins clockwise in the southern hemisphere. Seeing, truly is believing!

After the equator we headed back to town to visit the Panecillo Hill, which has a 135-foot tall statue of the Virgin Mary made up of over 7,000 pieces of aluminum and a beautiful panoramic view of this city with more than 2 million people living in it. We then headed into the old town of Quito to visit the many churches and cathedrals that have been here since the conquistadors arrived in 1535. We visited the San Francisco de Quito, church of La Campania and even had a brief stop at the Presidential Palace.  It was a day rich in history and full of amazing views that was enjoyed by all. We finished the day with a wonderful meal and are now
headed off to bed.

RMI Guide Casey Grom and crew

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Lucy, Corell, and Elsie…HAVE A GREAT TRIP!!!!  Can’t wait to hear about your adventures and fun!
-DM

Posted by: Dana Marie Buchanan on 7/25/2011 at 7:27 am

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