We rode up Quito’s gondola today, called the TeleferiQo, which was very reminiscent of Medellin’s metrocable. It dumps you off at the top — at 12,300 feet — where there are supposedly stunning views of the city.¬†Because we had rode up just after the afternoon thunderstorm had passed, the clouds at the top were pretty persistent. But here’s what we were able to see.

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Unlike Medellin, however, there’s not much of a park at the top of the TeleferiQo. Instead it’s sort of a free for all, with 11 km of hiking trails that snake around the Pichincha volcano.

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Here’s our attempt at a self-timed photo.

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And, when you get to the bottom, before you can exit, you have to walk through a sort of randomly placed amusement park. Sadly, like the rest of South America, none of the rides were designed for Dave the giant white guy.

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March 29, 2014