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Climbing up <a href=http://volcano.und.edu/vwdocs/current_volcs/ecuador/guagua_pichincha.html>Guagua Pinchincha</a>, which means Climbing up Guagua Pinchincha, which means "baby" in the local language. Pinchincha is a range with three volcanos, and last erupted in 1999. Supposedly two thousand people were hired to clean up volcanic ash.

We drove up to 4000 meters (~13000 feet) and then walked up 700 meters (~2200 feet). It wasn't easy coming from Orlando, at sea level, to 4700 meters, about 15000 feet! Three miles! We drove up to 4000 meters (~13000 feet) and then walked up 700 meters (~2200 feet). It wasn't easy coming from Orlando, at sea level, to 4700 meters, about 15000 feet! Three miles!

Sam with the walking stick (baston) that I found on the hike.Sam with the walking stick (baston) that I found on the hike.

It was cold, rainy and hailing at the top, this is the rim of the crater. On the right is Fabian, our local guide.It was cold, rainy and hailing at the top, this is the rim of the crater. On the right is Fabian, our local guide.


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