Good evening cyber friends. The whole team has successfully completed the second acclimatization hike. This time to the summit of the Bear’s Peak (13,130 feet high), located to the west from our cabins. It took us two hours and fifteen minutes of a slow and steady walk to get to the top from where we could enjoy marvelous views of this part of the Ecuadorian Andes including Antizana, which is the fourth highest mountain in Ecuador.
All team members are doing well without experiencing any problems to the increase in sleeping altitude (our hotel and resort is located at 10,900 feet). Right now we are relaxing in the thermal pools of the Papallacta Hot Springs. We will meet in the restaurant in a few more minutes to have dinner together. The group is getting along very well and trying to find a name for the team (dead line is tonight!).
By the way, the word Papallacta means “country of potatoes”.
Tomorrow we are moving to the Antizana basecamp.
Please stay tuned.
Our best to you all from Ecuador!