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2016-09-10  
Rucu Pichincha Ecuador, WW
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Rucu Pichincha Ecuador, WW 
Rucu Pichincha Ecuador, WW
 
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2016
Booneman
Hiking6.83 Miles 2,732 AEG
Hiking6.83 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   2.07 mph
2,732 ft AEG
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It was my last day in Ecuador and I was eager to do some hiking to say the least. Quito is surrounded by big peaks, and I mean big. Several volcanoes surround the area with some topping out at 18, 19, and even 20,000ft! I did some research and discovered a hike close to town that could potentially get me over 15K and I got pumped. Rucu is almost a thousand feet higher than Mt Whitney at 15,413ft!

Turns out the trek up was pretty straight forward. There is a bit of scrambling and exposure near the peak, but nothing that would turn a confident hiker away (other than weather conditions and a fear of heights :lol: ). From Quito, the best approach is to ride the Teleferiqo ($7.50) up to 13,000ft and begin your hike from there. Round trip was less than seven miles, but the elevation might be a concern so take it easy. I'll post some pictures with more information.
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