Tag: Quito

Climbing Ruku Pichincha

In all fairness to Kate, I really didn’t explain the game plan. As far as she knew, we were simply taking the day off to take the TelefériQo Cruz Loma, the highest aerial lift in the world, have a nice day of looking down on Quito and make a few nice pictures. Once at the top of the teleferico you… Read more →

The Pilgrimage of El Quinche

There is confusion as to whose idea it was. Perhaps mine, very doubtful it was Kate’s…quite probable over a glass of wine, while struggling to put together the current puzzle in the dining room, one of the volunteers brought it up in passing and then I said, “Ya, let’s do that.” The Pilgrimage of El Quinche happens every year, as… Read more →

Happy Thanksgiving!

We recently shared the post below on our Global Squatters Facebook page, but as many of our blog subscribers are not on Facebook, we wanted to share it here as well. We send our love and thanks to all of you, family and friends, at this time of Thanksgiving.  Cory and I help with breakfast everyone morning at 6am. We… Read more →

People are people

My heart is full one moment and it breaks the next. We are back in Quito and have been incredibly blessed with an opportunity to volunteer at the Working Boys’ Center. We have been here for two weeks now, and definitely understand why it is so difficult to leave this place. In fact, our departure date keeps changing. This opportunity… Read more →

99 Luftballons

South America has had and continues to have a legacy of presidents who are in it for themselves. Hugo Chavez died with a net worth of $1 billion while the people of Venezuela starved. Just last week two nephews of Hugo’s successor, President Maduro, were arrested in Haiti trying to smuggle one ton of cocaine into the US using diplomatic… Read more →

Saturday in Old Town Quito

With a plan to do much multi-day treks in South America, we decided to find fuel (white gas) for our camping stove – I had emptied the fuel we had left for the flight to Ecuador.   Monday we leave for our first 2-3 day hike and we spent many hours going from one camping store to the next –… Read more →

It’s a small world after all

Riding in the taxi Friday morning I felt I was exactly where I was supposed to be. The night before was a bit of a different story. Granted, we didn’t arrive at our hostel until close to Midnight, or was it 1am?, after 48 hours of sleepless travel. And in the dark, after a somewhat unsettling cab ride, the place… Read more →

Arriving in Quito

The last 48 hours have been exhausting and exhilarating – and proof that things happen for a reason, but more on that later. Let’s back up a bit. Being the budget-minded travelers we are, we purchased our flight to Quito with points. This necessarily meant that the flights were the worst of the worst. Our first leg departed Phoenix at… Read more →

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