Cities are usually places we only pass through on the way to smaller towns and remote locations. Oh and they’re a good place to get groceries. But since we’ve gotten to South America, we’ve been spending a little more time participating in city life. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Cartagena and Bogota, so we thought we should give Quito a chance!
Having lived in and around mountains most of my life, I’d only ever studied altitude sickness in first aid courses, or heard of it happening to other people. I knew it was a real thing, of course, but having never experienced it myself the knowledge was only second hand. After driving the stunningly beautiful 4x4 route recommended to us by the Tucks, our campsite on Volcan Cayambe’s flank at 15,100’ greeted us both with a predictable inability to breath along with splitting headaches and a little queasiness.