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Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
Trip End Jan 20, 2008

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Marvellous. So, after four days, I'm slowly starting to acclimatise to being 2800m above sea level. Just. Although I can't move far without collapsing, out of breath. Oh well. Friday and Saturday I wandered around the Old Town, pointing at churches (there are somewhere in the region of 75 of them in Quito, so I was told - though I can't verify the source - so it seems something to do...) Sunday I went to Carolina Park, and sat around for a while, doing nothing in particular, and before popping into the Botanical Gardens (very nice) and Vivarium, where I stroked a snake (no, that isn't some sort of euphemism, I really did stroke a boa constrictor). The very nice man gave a presentation on it, which my Spanish wasn't good enough to follow, execpt for the fact that they can grow up to 4m ("hasta cuatro metres"). Oh well...
Today was a cable car ride up Rucu Pinchana. El Teleferiqo was most impressive. And then a long walk at the top, up lots of well-worn paths, each time thinking I'd got as high as it was going seeing it extending further. After I while I was reminded of walking on Ilkley Moor. The paths through long grass, surrounded by rolling green hills. Except that the illusion was shattered by the looming, cloud-shrouded grey volcano peak in front and the city of several million people, 1000m below me. In any event, it was just as well, as I wasn't wearing a hat. ("Su Ruch Pinchana sin sombrero", anyone?)
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loz_ on

They like their churches :-)
I liked your photos Matt :-) I wont go on about the Wanderers, promise ;-P

What's the food and beer like in Ecuador?

Enjoy yourself


angela_bwfc on

The gardens of the monastry of San Francisco,
Picture 7. Looks very like the monastry on Caldy Island.

See, we're missing out on nothing by going to Tenby.

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