A group of senior students is currently completing a World Challenge Expedition in Ecuador. After months of training and fundraising, a demanding trek will be followed by volunteer work on a community project that is developing eco-tourism facilities in a village to provide sustainable income. Follow this blog for regular updates and photos from the World Challenge group.
Monday 11 July
The World Challenge group arrived safe and sound into Quito yesterday afternoon and we were greeted by high Andean peaks, lush fields and then the streets of the Ecuadorian capital. Our hotel is very comfortable and central.
After a good night's sleep and early start we met up with Gary, our in-country agent and spent the morning planning the many logistics of our trip (which bus to take, how to book a room, etc.) Lunch for two dollars at a local cafe was followed by the group being split into three and each given a task complete around the city. The boys came back with a variety of exotic fruit, while the Lower Sixth and Louisa bought clothes.... Ecuadorian style!!
Tomorrow we complete our first acclimatisation trek getting used to walking at altitude.
We will blog again soon.
James Capel and the World Challenge Team
Tuesday 12 July
Having prepared lunch and our bags the night before, the World Challenge Team had another early start for our first acclimatisation trek up the Ilalo peak mountain. The hike was long and steep, consisting of fifteen stations, with the eventual end point reaching a height of 3200m. The weather was good and the trip highlighted the team's strong morale and perseverance, giving us a speedy finishing time that left us with some time to ourselves before another meal out together to complete our day.
Wednesday 13 July
Today was a day of travelling and planning. After organising a private bus, with the use of Ellie and Ben's Spanish, we travelled to La Luna ready for our second acclimatisation trek tomorrow. We put up our tents and then walked into Otavalo where we had lunch, enjoyed the market, booked another hostel for the night of the 18th, and bought food for our main trek up the Andes which starts in two days time. The evening consisted of a lovely three course meal proved by the La Luna hostel and a round of cards by the fire.
Freya Rowe (Lower Sixth, Harcourt) and the World Challenge Team