Monday, July 6, 2009

Quito, Ecuador

@4:04pm local time Josh wrote:
Well, so far, so good from Ecuador. This morning was spent touring the old city of Quito where we got to see the Virgen de El Panecillo, a large statue on a hill (considered sacred ground) overlooking the city of Quito, and the Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, the most impressive Jesuit church in South America. Then to lunch which began about 1pm and ended a little after 3pm, partly because the service is pretty casual (not bad, just at a very leisurely pace) and partly because we stayed and chatted.

It´s shaping up to be a pretty good group to climb with. We all seem to be around the same experience level (some definitely have more trips under their belts, but others only have a few), but the vibe so far is good from everyone. Back to the room for a gear check this afternoon and then off to dinner. Tomorrow is the first day of actual activity where we will hike to the top of a peak just outside Quito and begin to test our lungs.

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