After 4 days in Quito we think we are almost acclimated to the altitude. Quito is 9300 feet elevation and we are about 1000 feet above the city in New Town (that's vs Old Town). Our 300 meter walk from our apartment to where we begin the 4 K trek into City Center is about a 9% grade slipping to 6% about 2/3 of the way up. A great way to work of breakfast. We have posted 2 photos of Kate making a return trip from the apartment after forgetting our water.
Yesterday we headed out on our first tourist walk. After about an hour of up and down hills with significant grades we entered the Historic district. Mike was amazed that the central square was almost a copy of the one he visited last year In Antigua Guatemala. The square was busy as usual and exceptionally beautiful. This reputed by the World Heritage folks to be the least renovated and most typical of all the colonial sites in the Americas. It was one of two sites that were the first receivers of World Heritage status in the 1970's. The other was Krakow. A few photos will tell the rest.
After a nice lunch in a small cafe (Mike ate Seco de Chivo -Goat stew) we turned to head home via the supermarket and, lo and behold, the thunderstorm hit with a vengence. Our "walk" to the bus stop was a real drench-er, even with our waterproof stuff on. After the first bus we still had to walk a couple K to the market. Estabamos muy cansado ...we were pooped. Took a taxi the rest of the way and crashed.
We are a non working (retired sounds so boring)couple, in our early 70's, married for 50 years this coming August 2014 and hooked on adventuring. We have traveled a great deal of the world from Europe (east and west) to Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Mexico and Central America. We lived for extended periods of time in Ethiopia, The Czech Republic, Mexico and Scotland. As you can see, we have a lot more exploring, adventuring and learning to do.
This time we are off to Turkey in a small camper van via Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Sicily, Albania, Macedonia and Greece. Our return drive from T... full info