We have arrived in Quito on Monday afternoon, badly beaten, bruised and battered by Mr Jet Lag. So far our days have passed under the theme ‘altitude’. On Tuesday instead of taking it easy we decided to climb El Panecillo (Little Bread Loaf) to admire the city views and the statue of La Virgen de Quito (elevation 3050m). However, that was not enough for us and we finished the day by climbing ‘not for the faint hearted’ towers of Basilica del Voto Nacional.
Today we went on one of the highest in the world cable car, TeleferiQo, which ends its journey on 4100m. From there we continued our journey to the summit of Rucu Pichincha (4680m) but it was not written in the stars for us to reach the top of the mountain. Altitude is a force to reckon with and we agreed to listen to our internal body clocks: Ania just couldn’t go any further and I and Mateusz suffered from debilitating headaches. We decided that there will be many more peaks to conquer and cut the hike short at around 4300m. As a consolation the weather awarded us with the most beautiful, almost clear sky and we could easily see snowcapped volcano Cotopaxi around 40 km in the distance.