Ecuador Volcanoes: Mike Walter & Team Arrive in Quito

Posted by: Mike Walter | June 19, 2013
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 9,350'

The Ecuador Volcanoes climbing (and all of our luggage) has arrived in Ecuador! Everyone arrived in the country by early this morning and hit the ground running. We spent the bulk of the day on an interesting and educational tour of colonial Quito, visiting the Presidential Palace, the Basilica, and various other points of interest in southern Quito, also known as Old Town Quito. Our local city guide, Jorge, is extremely knowledgeable and happy to share the wealth of information he has about the history, culture, politics, and religion of Ecuador. As always, it’s a pleasure to work with Jorge.

After a typical Ecuadorian lunch of empanadas, locro de queso (potato soup with cheese & avocado), and fritada (fried pork with corn and plantains), we headed to the Equator. We visited an ethnographic museum and stood straddling the Equator, with a foot in each hemisphere (see photo).
We’re all still a little weary from a long travel day to get here, and I’m sure everyone will sleep well tonight. Tomorrow we had head out on our first acclimatization hike. We’ll be in touch tomorrow to let you know how it goes.

Cheers,

RMI Guide Mike Walter

Mike Walter and the Ecuador team visiting the Equator. Photo: Mike Walter

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Ken!  Amazing to read, incredible to SEE!!  Great job everyone!

Posted by: Carlo Barone on 6/24/2013 at 9:46 am

Thinking about you Ken!  Be super careful.  What an experience!  Jan

Posted by: Jan Swenarton on 6/23/2013 at 2:23 pm

Looking great guys. Proud of you!

Posted by: Kristina Walz on 6/22/2013 at 5:37 am

Looks like you are going in the right direction and the weather is good so far.  Please don’t get lost.

Love

Mom and Dad

Posted by: Tom Lengling on 6/21/2013 at 3:06 pm

D. Bro! Nice bagel :)

Posted by: Brooke on 6/20/2013 at 9:12 am

Daniel and August…Nice to see those familiar faces! Excited to read more on your adventures out there, we’re all rootin for ya!

Posted by: Kim Maciej on 6/20/2013 at 8:01 am

Go Ken Go—bring back the locro de queso for Peter!

Posted by: Bickford on 6/20/2013 at 7:20 am

All the best to you all in Ecuador for a swift and successful climb.  I’ll be cheering you on from Florida.  Go Ken Lennox!!!!  Yayyyyy!!!!  Lumley

Posted by: Jennifer Lumley on 6/20/2013 at 7:14 am

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