Ecuador’s Volcanoes: City Tour of Quito Ecuador

Posted by: Casey Grom | November 30, 2011
Categories: *Expedition Dispatches *Ecuador
Elevation: 9,350'

Hello Everyone and welcome to RMI’s Ecuador Expedition 2011.

The entire team safely arrived last night and headed straight to our nice hotel, Hotel Mercure Alameda,  to get a little rest after the long flights. We started today with a huge Ecuadorian buffet breakfast full of delicious breads, pastries, fruit, juices and washed it all down with plenty of coffee. After filling our stomachs we sat down for a round of meet and greet that included an orientation and overview of the program ahead.

Just after 10 a.m. we headed out the door on our city tour of Quito, starting off with a visit to the colonial old town. We were lead by our local guide Jorge though the narrow roads with stops at the Basilica, church of La Campania (built in 1605), the monastery of San Francisco (built in 1535) and a visit to Independence Square to see the President’s Place. Next up was a quick stop atop the Panacilla which is a small hill overlooking Quito with a 200’ statue of the Virgin of Quito. The views where wonderful of this 2 million-plus city. We finished the tour by heading a little to the north to stop and visit both hemispheres at the Equator from where Ecuador gets its name. It was fascinating to see the Coriolis effect in both hemispheres with different results in just a few feet. It made believers out of most, but I hear there are still a few skeptics among us.

We headed back to our hotel for a quick gear review and a little shopping before dinner and have now returned to catch a little shut eye before tomorrow’s adventure.

All is well and everyone is excited to be here.
RMI Guide Casey Grom

Taking in the sites on our tour of Colonial Quito.  Photo: Casey Grom RMI Ecuador Team at the Equator on November 30th.  Photo: Casey Grom

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Have a great time. I’m posting the blog!

Debbie Growe

Posted by: Debbie Growe on 12/5/2011 at 10:10 am

Spencer, looks like a great group of people.  Have fun, be careful and make sure you don’t get too “hangry”.

Ti Amo.

Posted by: Karen Geiger on 12/2/2011 at 7:59 am

Spence - A bit more exciting than one of our trips to Trinity Lakes huh! Have a great time with the team….

Posted by: M. A. Arnold on 12/1/2011 at 8:50 pm

Hey Spence- we are following along at home- nice to see the group shot of the team.  Best of luck to you and the rest of the crew.

Posted by: Scott Arnold on 12/1/2011 at 8:26 pm

We are so proud of our Papa and his new friends.  We hope things go well on the mountain and can’t wait to see pictures when you get back!

Posted by: michael and gracie on 12/1/2011 at 2:06 pm

Best of luck to everyone! Sounds like the hike of a lifetime.

Posted by: Catherine Freimiller on 12/1/2011 at 9:16 am

Good luck, everyone!

Posted by: Steven on 12/1/2011 at 7:09 am

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