On top of El Panecillo in Quito, Ecuador!

Although Galapagos brought us to Ecuador, Quito with her vibrant energy reeled us in from the moment we stepped foot in Ecuador. Quito is one of the biggest cities in Ecuador. We landed in Quito at 11 at night after a whole day of traveling. We were exhausted beyond reason. We were driven to our hotel from the airport, and with barely any food in our bellies, we called it a night. We began the next day by visiting the Old town in Quito and the El Panecillo. El Panecillo is a 200 meters high hill on top of which sits a statue of the woman of revelation as described in the Bible. We read about some of the dangers on the hike to the top such as getting vandalized. We were hiking on a weekday and decided to take a cab to the top. The cab drivers wait upon request, and we reached the top on a windy Quito day. The air was refreshing as we climbed stairs to the top of the monument. We were tired. Quito is a high altitude city and lightweights (aka my husband) arestruck by altitude sickness. We cut our day short after walking around El Panecillo for few hours to get him to some much needed oxygen.
Altitude sickness includes headaches, dizziness, fatigue and if you encounter any of those symptoms when in an high altitude place, ask the hotel for some oxygen. Most hotels in those regions carry oxygen.  El Panecillo offers some of the most breathtaking views of the entire Ecuador. On a clear day like we had, you can see the old town and the new town. The distinction between the two is pretty amazing. Here are some pictures from El Panecillo.

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