Sunday, 30 August 2015

Now in Ecuador

Carolyn. Quito, Ecuador – what a climate change from Costa Rica!  Instead of temps in the mid-30’s with humidex that makes it feel like mid-high 40’s, it’s now a pleasant 22 degrees with NO humidity.  In the evening, I am actually wearing a fleece hoodie for walking back after dinner when the temp drops to 9 or 10 degrees.  We are at the equator, but high altitude:  at 2800m, it’s about twice as high as Calgary – where many visitors also complain about the thinner air and high altitude.  Luckily we have had no problems acclimatizing in Quito the last 3 days.  I’m impressed with the city – very dense population packed into the valley between the Andes mountains and volcanoes.  Beautiful parks, churches and old historic centre.  We have arranged for a week of Spanish lessons at a local school, and homestay with a nearby family for when we return to Quito in 10 days' time.  For now, we’re off to the Galapagos Islands for a couple days on the main island, followed by a 7-day cruise on a live-aboard boat – looking forward to this adventure!


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