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.
The promise of high altitude mountain camping got us through the heat and humidity of Central America. The crisp air and nightly campfires we’d finally found in Ecuador were just what we’d been dreaming of for months.
Unfortunately the wind on the coast was dying, so we hightailed it back to seal level for kiteboarding lessons.
I love the holidays. The time from Thanksgiving to New Years is my favorite part of the year. Spending time with the people who love and understand you for who you are is an indispensable part of my life. I was apprehensive of spending the entire season away from home, but we’ve found making friends in the overland community to be incredibly easy.
Merry Christmas!! Since we are always a couple weeks behind on the blog we'll tell you all about our Overlander's Christmas in Filandia in a couple weeks. For now enjoy an account of our adventures in Bogota!