“Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.” -Antonio Machado
On this early morning, we set off for the Mt. Chimborazo volcano. This dormant volcano is the highest point from the center of the earth and closet point to the sun. Measured from the center of the earth, it is technically 2,000 meters higher than Mt. Everest. We were lucky enough to have witnessed two more volcanoes (Sangay and El Altar) on our drive because of the clear, blue sky morning. According to an old Quechua folktale in Ecuador, “Taita Chimborazo” or Father Chimborazo fought El Altar after his wife “Mama Tungurahua,” had an affair. El Altar collapsed and holds a sulfur lake now.
On our way, we spent a lot of time acclimating to the altitude, which led to some difficulty of breathing and getting easily fatigued. Thankfully, we had plenty of Salinas chocolates, brown sugar candy, and PBJ’s to keep our energy up. Everyone marched on with unwavering strength! We ended up at the Primer Refugio and took lots of pictures!
This perseverance is testament to this group’s incredible determination and thirst for experience. Going back to the 3 C’s, this ultimately comes down to commitment. Despite the fatigue, the group did not complain once. The group was also compassionate because everyone was there for each other. No one left behind! The group was filled with courage as we stood together, on the walk to the highest point we may ever reach.
“Y’all led me to the highest point in my life.” – Brendan
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to follow through with the hike down Chimborazo, due to timing issues. However, we were successful in our Community Action Project Panel Presentation with the Llullundongo School committee! :’)
Per usual, we walked down to Verbo Divino for English Tutoring and ate a fish dinner at Feroz.
We are so glad that you guys are leaving such heart-warming comments, which we have all agreed to read every night from now on. It was emotional, but relieving to hear from all of you. It’s slowly curing all of our home sickness.
Big Love to Carlos for his perseverance and resilience. Big Love to Vi, Katrina, Apryl, and Mikeala for helping us make the PBJ’s for the entire group. Also, big love to our tour guide, Carlos, for keeping us safe throughout the journey, as well as teaching us new things about Chimborazo! Once again, we want to end our blog with “Yupay Chani,” meaning “Thank You” in Kichwa!
Chimborazo Prayer Song