September 10, 2012
One sunny and brilliantly clear morning, a group of seven wanderers discovered a desire for adventure: a desire so extreme, not even Zeus could knock it. My friends, we went to heaven’s foothills at 4,200+ meters high. Our feet, however, were not our primary means of transportation. El Teleférico (or tram) de Quito took us from 3,100 meters to 4,100. So, that was our primary means of transportation. We mighty group of nomads covered slightly over 1,500 meters in one half day. Yes sir. The views were absolutely incredible, and I took the liberty of sharing these views with you below. The mountain air was spectacular, and I could absolutely feel the difference in my heart, veins, and body. It’s funny though, they say the air is thinner up above, but I say the people are thinner down below. Just a thought. But man, what a rush it was!
This adventure includes many great details. After the 5-10 minute ride up we ended up running into two other mates from our university at the top, so the fun just escalated. Also, they had met, in their car, a girl from Austria fluent in some 4 or 5 languages, so the now 10 of us went on, more or less together. There are numerous hiking trails (the memories of which are photographically recorded below) at the bottom of the mountain and the top of the tram, which are just great. So, we hiked! During this time, we had racing competitions (well, one lousy race), fascinating conversations, and sexy callouses, too, if you were the idiot hiking in flipflops (me).
After approximately halfway to the top of Rucu Pichincha (the 2nd highest of the two Pichincha peaks), I turned back as I had run out of water and my body was still fighting the plague. Still though, I accomplished being the highest ever in my life (about 4,400m). The majority of the group continued on to the top of Guagua Pichincha which protrudes to 4,784 meters. Massive. All in all it was a terrific day with memories a many.
The sights were simply awesome. I hope you’re able to enjoy the following photos which document this event. Be advised: these photos are copyrighted by Ecuadorian law, which means you could jack ’em and become a millionaire and no one would care.
Fotos de las Aventuras del Teleférico de Quito:
Many many more photos to come! Check back tomorrow.
Finally, we were all told that the mountain is closed promptly at 8:00pm. Because of this fact, the nighttime views are supposedly insane with the city lights. I will be back, and I’ll be bringing you all with me! Stay tuned.