Quito - Day 3

Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
Trip End Jul 20, 2010

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Friday, July 2, 2010

We decided to explore a few more places in Quito before departing tomorrow morning.  We visited El Teleferico and Ruca Pichincha.  What a workout for the two of us.  Wow!  

El Teleférico
 (from teleférico and Quito) is a gondola lift in Quito, Ecuador, running from the edge of the city centre up the east side of Pichincha Volcano to lookout Cruz Loma. It is one of the highest aerial lifts in the world, rising from 2950 metres (8850 ft) to 4100 metres (13,400 ft). The ascent takes 40 minutes, travelling 2500 linear metres. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TelefériQo

Ruca Pichincha is an active stratovolcano in the country of Ecuador, whose capital Quito wraps around its eastern slopes. The mountain's two highest peaks are the Guagua (4,784 metres (15,696 ft)), which means "child" in Quechua and the Rucu (4,698 metres (15,413 ft)), which means "old person". The active caldera is in the Guagua, on the western side of the mountain. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pichincha_Volcano

We are going to Banos tomorrow morning!
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patrick2010 on

I have lived in Quito for over 16 years, I am happy to help with any questions you might have about the country. bullock0005@yahoo.com

dean56 on

Wow - that is some altitude! Idon't remmy that gondola from 16 years ago when I was in Quito. I think I would have done it if I knew about it.

Russell on

Dad - the lift was built in 2005. ;-)

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