Hello family and friends. The first Alpine Ascents team has arrived to Ecuador. It is a group of three climbers: Paul from Australia, Todd and Jon from the United States. They are all in good spirits and eager to set foot on the big Ecuadorian volcanoes. Yesterday, they visited the beautiful Colonial District of Quito (declared a World Heritage by the UNESCO) in the company of our tour guide Maria Esther. Today, they summited Ruco Pichincha (4,698 m/15,413 ft.) to begin their acclimatization process and traveled to Termas Papallacta Hot Spring Resort where they are enjoying the hot pools. The adventure begins! Please stay tuned. Best to you all from the team.






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