On my last day in Quito, I met up with some friends from school. We went to the volcano Pichincha and took the teleferico (cable car) up to see the view. Now, the altitude of Quito is 2820 meters or 9252 feet, which is almost twice the altitude of Denver, CO. As I previously mentioned, I had some minor symptoms of altitude sickness when I first arrived in Quito. At the end of the week, I was still getting tired easier than normal due to the lack of oxygen, so I knew I was in for an interesting day at Pichincha.
The altitude where the cable car stops is 4050 meters or 13,287 feet. Beyond that was a 2-3 hour hike to the summit, which was 4680 meters or 15,354 feet. My chest hurt a little immediately upon exiting the cable car, so I did not make it too far along the hike. Wendy and I decided to hang out near the cafe and take pictures from cable car levels. Will and his roommate went for the hike and came back looking like hell. Better them than me. The view from where Wendy and I stopped was beautiful but a bit smoggy.
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