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Quito

sunny 22 °C

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Hola from Quito, 2nd highest capital city in the world! Altitude so far has not posed too much of a problem, but I did experience some difficulty ascending the stairs of The Secret Garden hostel with my 20kg mochillo on my back. We flew in over the avenue of the volcanos, including majestic snow-capped Cotopaxi; it was breath-taking to see it for the first time from the air. Some 60km from Quito, the mountain rises over 5000 metres above sea-level, and is still active. It is expected to erupt again sometime soon, I was cheerfully told by my travelling companion Luis, a retired Ecuadorian engineer who was returning home after a 6 month stay with his daughter in London, after the sad death of his wife from cancer. He was emotional as we approached the wide-spread panorama that is Quito. He invited me to have coffee and a tour of the old town with him tomorrow.

P1000386.jpg I think this will be a lovely way to see the city. Perhaps after my orientation meeting in the Jatun Sacha office, where I will meet some of the staff of one of Ecuador's most well-known conservation organizations. They will give me all the information I need, and directions to La Hesperia, the cloud forest reserve which will be my home for the next ten weeks.

So, to my family and friends, I'm safe; I'm sound; I'm here! XX

Helen

Posted by Eleniki 17:03 Archived in Ecuador Tagged ecotourism

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Wow, it all sounds amazing. Delighted you're safe and sound, though do beware of strange men offering you coffee!!!!!!!!!!!Just kidding. Take lots of photos babe. Talk soon. Love Connie

by fiddler200

Hi Helen, glad you got there safely. Hope you get over the jet lag and enjoy your time with Luis on the tour fo the town.
take care Mini x

by mini1

Helen, those photos are fantastic. The flowers literally glow on my computer. Reading your blog is like having a mini holiday!
Love Anne (Hi mini and connie!)

by anne neary

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