Ecuador: Billy Nugent &Team Begin with a Tour of Quito’s Old Town and the Equator

Posted by: Billy Nugent, Garrett Stevens | February 13, 2014
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 9,000'

Hi everybody back home… We just finished our first official day on our Cotopaxi and Cayambe program. The team met up this morning for a quick breakfast at our hotel in the Mariscal district of Quito before setting out on a tour of the city. At over 9,000’, Quito is the second highest capital city in the world behind only La Paz in Bolivia. Makes for great acclimatizing while still hanging out in town! We visited a bunch colonial churches, homes, and cathedrals in the colonial district of Quito known as the Old Town. Actually a UNESCO world heritage site, Quito’s Old Town has many buildings dating back to the early 1500’s. In the afternoon we lunched at a typical fritada restaurant and then headed out towards the geographical equator. At the “Mitad del Mundo” there’s a small museum where a local guide showed us experiments with Coriolis forces on and near the actual equator in addition to some taxidermy of exotic species from the Amazon. Almost a tiny natural history museum meets Ripley’s Believe It or Not, there were preserved specimens of terrifying spiders, boa constrictors, anacondas, barbed fish that will swim up your urethra (crazy), and a legit human shrunken head! After our city tour and a brief team meeting we capped off the day with the first of many team dinners to come.

Now we’re back at the hotel watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom on late night TV. Awesome.

All for now,
RMI Guide Billy Nugent

RMI Guides Billy Nugent, Garrett Stevens and their Ecuador team standing at the equator. Photo: Billy Nugent

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We miss you dad.  Have fun on your climb.
Ken, Alex and Sophia.

Posted by: Veronica on 2/14/2014 at 9:20 pm

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