Hiking in the HIGHlands

Kristi Ch
November 21, 2013

A two day trek through the Andean paramo (high altitude mountains). We battled cold wins and oxygen-thin air at high altitudes of 14,000-16,000 feet, but the rewards were well worth it. We were lucky to have mostly clear and sunny weather the first day, an unusual occurence for this part of the Ecuadorean climate. Around every switchback there seemed to be another lake, and our campsite at Laguna Parcacocha was one of the most breathtaking I’ve ever had the opportunity to sleep at. On the afternoon of the second day, we arrived at the small town of Papallacta, famous for its thermal baths, and soaked our cold, tired, and achey bodies before catching the last bus back to Quito.


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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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