Climbing in Quito–Toca el Cielo

Kristi Ch
September 24, 2013

Climbing las Canteras, rock slabs in between Quito and Cumbaya, about a 10 minute bus ride and 15 minute hike from where I live. The views of the valley were incredible. One of the things I struggle a lot with is living in the city–Some people are made to live in metropolitan areas; I am not one of those people. I need clean air, big sky, and wide open spaces (cue country music…now.) So obviously, I jumped at the chance to practice one of my favorite sports, rock climbing, when a friend from PUCE offered to take a friend and I. It was spectacular. The routes were fun and although we only had to travel a very short distance, I still felt like I was escaping the city. Here are some shots of the climbing day.

Our friend from PUCE, Camilo, clipping in for his climb


backpackers walking down a curved role through a verdant mountain

Hiking back on the abandoned highway–this old overpass between the valleys was closed down about 30 years ago because it was too dangerous-cars kept pitching off of it into the deep valley below

The view of the valley from the rocks. Not half bad!



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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">I&#39;m studying studio art, entrepreneurship/social enterprise and international studies at Wake Forest University (Go Deacs!). Born and grew up in Canada by Malaysian born parents, I&#39;ve always had an awareness of other cultures, countries, and customs. I&#39;ve always wanted to travel South America and after spending the summer interning in Lima and volunteering in Kenya, I am excited to stay in one country for a while and live out some new adventures. I enjoy everything about the outdoors--camping, rock climbing, hiking, biking, running, hammocking, and have recently taken up surfing while in Lima. I also love all things art-design, painting, photography, and film, and hope to be able to share my experiences in Quito through my words and images.</span></p>

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