Day 2: We will spend the day sightseeing in Quito. Quito is considered to be one of the most beautiful of all South American capital cities with its well preserved colonial architecture and mild climate. We will visit the old town of Quito which has been declared a World Heritage by the UNESCO given its beautiful Colonial Architecture. We will start acclimating to the altitude while taking an easy walk through narrow streets and historical squares, admiring the old colonial churches, buildings and houses. Before returning to our hotel we will enjoy a great view of Quito from the top of the El Panecillo hill. This day constitutes an important foundation for our acclimatization. We will also have a thorough equipment check and orientation including discussion of Leave No Trace practices. Welcome dinner in the evening. Overnight stay in Quito.
Monday, July 6, 2009
From the Alpine Ascents itinerary: