Day 9 – May 17, 2012 – Cusco-Lima-Quito

Well, we have about learned the drill:

6:30 – Luggage outside the door
7:00 – Depart for the airport
8:50 – Fly from Cusco to Lima
10:15 – Arrive at Lima Airport
1:00 – Fly from Lima to Quito
4:25 – Arrive at Quito airport and transfer to hotel

All things considered, it went pretty smooth…

My last glance out my hotel window and our bus is waiting already.

I only have one airport photo…. Just not enough time (or was it energy?)

Taxis lined up at the Quito Airport. Quito is a city of 2.5 million people approximately 25 miles long and 3 miles wide at an elevation of 9,200 feet. The city comes to within less than 1 mile from zero latitude known locally as “The middle of the world” to avoid confusion. The word equator is Spanish for equator. The airport is located about 6 miles north of the city center and traffic was heavy.

We arrived at our hotel only about an hour later than was originally planned. Considering we arrived in Quito during rush hour and our flights were a little late, not too bad.

We are staying at the Mercure Hotel Alameda. As you can see from the this lobby photo, it was pretty nice. Actually the nicest hotel we have been in. The only problem was that there was only one working elevator for the entire hotel. We were on either the 5th or 7th floor… gee, can’t believe I don’t remember which. I guess there have just been too many hotels in too short a period. I do remember though, that I was too far to take the stairs too often. Oh, I think we were on the 5th the first two days we were here and then the 7th when we came back thru for one night.

This is Gustavo our Trip Leader for Ecuador. Here we were having our initial briefing at the hotel along with pisco sours.

Not a bad day considering that we spent it in airports and airplanes… I have all my other photos edited and hope to have them posted soon.


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