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Dec 10, 2017 - All in All Success

Sorry for the delay……. So day 5 was as mentioned earlier. It was a review and preparation day as well as a travel day to Cotopaxi. Not too exciting of a day we ate breakfast then grabbed our climbing gear, ropes, carabineers, and belay device. We moved out onto the lawn at our hacienda to learn knots, purpose of each knot, how to belay, when tied together in a group how to properly maneuver without tripping, getting tangled or impacting the safety of the other team members. The refresher was good and the knot tying I need to work on and...

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Dec 6, 2017 - Illiniza Norte

First thing we did once we woke up was ask for an update on Trevor turns out he was still in the hospital and had altitude sickness and Pneumonia. Not good he was better and improving from the day before however he would probably stay. The hut slept about 12 – 15 people piled in bunk beds, not the best accommodations but necessary. I think I slept maybe 10 minutes the whole night. It was a long night to say the least, the higher the altitude the tougher it is to sleep and control breathing. Endless to say the morning came the first group...

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Dec 6, 2017 - Troubling times

Day 3 was supposed to be an easy day however we ran into some complications. Trevor was having a really bad morning, after our first climb on Ruku Pichincha he was really struggling with his breathing and started with a little cough overnight it worsened and by morning we had to have our guide Ossie come take a look at him. Ossie’s thoughts were to get moving continue to higher elevation to continue with the acclimation process and along the way monitor his progress. So we had breakfast packed up and headed out for what was supposed to be...

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Dec 4, 2017 - 15,000+ foot Summit 1 of 3

Today’s agenda was to begin acclimation although we are currently sleeping at around 10,000 feet we needed to make a summit climb to a higher altitude so the plan was to climb Ruku Pichincha. Ruku Pichincha is about 15,413 feet. We started off and I think I can say we were all anxious and had some butterflies. We all seemed to struggle in different area’s of the climb, I think we started with a pretty fast pace, as a test to see where our skills were. We rest a couple times before we got to within 30 minutes of the summit and where we began...

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Dec 3, 2017 - 1 Leg in the South 1 leg in the North

Another exciting day. We woke today to a 6.0 earthquake on the eastern coast of Ecuador. The earthquake was felt all the way over to Quito (Not sure exactly how far it is however it’s on about an inch on google maps). Anyways, Marty felt his bed shake thinking it was me playing a joke on him. Zach thought he felt it as well and there were others that made comments in the morning. I didn’t feel a thing as I was extremely sleep deprived and in a coma. That was the start of the day, we then after a wonderful breakfast headed into Quito. We...

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May 29, 2017 - The capital of Ecuador

3 days and covering over 60kms, Quito has been my most walked about capital city of the South America trip so far. Interestingly one I traipsed around not thinking about which neighbours were safe to stroll in to. However, granted some of those were taken up on the beautiful hike above the city. Quito, nestled in the avenue of volcanos, is at an altitude of 2,850 meters making it the highest capital city in the world. OK so this point is debatable depending on which side of the Bolivia La Paz Scure discussion you elect to go with; for me...

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Feb 20, 2017 - Back to civilization

Up at 5:30 am. We both got showers, and no the hot water is not fixed, at least not right. But we got to the lodge for breakfast by 6:30. We paid our bar bill, and said our final goodbyes, except for Tyson, who came back to Coca with us before heading home to his family for a few days. The motorized canoe left a few minutes after 7, and arrived in Coca a little over 2 hours later. Along the way we saw barges carrying trucks being pushed by tug boats. These are destined for the several sites serving the oil industry. Barges come in empty...

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Feb 16, 2017 - Exploring Quito

This morning we were picked up for a group tour of Old Town Quito and La Mitad del Mundo (the Middle of the World). Turns out the group consisted of us! Our guide took us to the basilica begun in 1926. It is neogothic, with Ecuadorean animals—tortoises, iguanas, condors, etc.—in place of gargoyles. But still, relatively new—less than 100 years, and still being finished. Old Town dates from the Spanish Conquest in 1526. There are lots of fancy churches dating from that era—every religious order built its own church—Dominicans, Franciscans,...

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Feb 15, 2017 - South of the Equator!

After our late arrival, we slept in a bit this morning. It was after 9 when we went down for breakfast. Breakfast was quite good—a plate of sliced fruit followed by ham and eggs. After breakfast we toured the garden—very nice. Upscale is interesting; both of us passed on the on-premises massage. After a little organizing, we caught a cab to the Mercado Artesenal—full of booths with local hand-crafted products. Unfortunately, we will have limited space going home, so we have to exercise discretion. From the Mercado, it seemed it was not far...

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Aug 2, 2016 - Quito Airport Suites

I stayed at Quito Airport Suites on the last night before the flight from Quito back to Cuenca and home. Conveniently located near Quito Airport, I spent the night exploring the little town of Tababela with a pizza for dinner. Single room $35, breakfast included. www.airporthotelquito.com

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2016 Ecuador

Jul 29, 2016 - Frank Amon's Birthday in Quito

Frank celebrated his 70th birthday with this trip to Quito. We took the double-decker tour bus to visit various sights and neighborhoods around the city including various parks, the basilicam, and the Virgin of Quito atop El Panecillo hill visible from all over the area. We happened upon a bar in the La Ronda section of old town that was already decorated for a birthday celebration. Serendipity.

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Jul 28, 2016 - Arriving Quito Today

Three hours after leaving Ambato we're here in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Checked into Hostal Quito Cultural, a 300-year-old house in the historic centro. It was a short walk to Cafe Dios No Muere in the Monasterio Santa Catalina for lunch. I've had this small restaurant on my list of Quito musts for a long time. The chef was trained in New Orleans and the menu included shrimp etoufee and po-boys. We spent the rest of the day walking around the Plaza Grande and visiting the iTur office to plan what sights we'll visit in Quito. For...

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