Top Ten Things To Do If You’re Met By A Hailstorm And An Impenetrable Veil Of Fog Midway Up Ecuador’s Pichincha Volcano

Never mind. There’s really just one option. And the restaurant even had three bottles to choose from.

The TelefériQo, a cable car that runs from the edge of Quito to the Cruz Loma lookout midway up the Pichincha Volcano, is one of the highest aerial lifts on the planet and one of the Ecuadorean capital’s key attractions. Starting at an altitude of 3,117m (10,226ft), the eight minute ascent drops off visitors at 3,945m (12,943) where they’re afforded sweeping views of Quito and several nearby volcanoes. Or, like today, of impenetrable veils of fog in a hail storm.

The veil lifted and the rains stopped by the time we polished off a bottle of wine at the lookout’s restaurant/cafe/gift shop, only to drop again with a thud about thirty minutes later. No complaints though. I might give it another try on Wednesday. Or Thursday. And maybe even bring my own bottle of wine.

 

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