So Norbert and I had to pay full whack, which was US Dollars. Not cheap. But a good chance to see Quito from high up.
The day before had been very hot, yet today was cloudy, misty and overcast. We hadn’t thought that would affect the view initially.
Though we underestimated the pure height this cable car takes you to at Cruz Loma. We ascended fast, leaving behind Quito endless sprawling suburbs as we were high in green, crisp mountainside.
The city below seemed sleepy and quiet. A far cry from the Quito we had just left…
And then the mist came, the clouds came and Quito all but disappeared. This was a trip to the top of a mountain to relax then and not to gaze down on the sleeping city. We were a world away, with a lonely barking dog.
It got a bit better at the start then gave way to mist again. A proud moment to fly the flag so high up, but with the mist in the background, this could be anywhere!
Being so high up and named after a telecommunications company, this is also the base for satellite and phone masts of course. They didn’t obscure the view, rather added to the eeriness of a sleeping city below. An invisible sleeping city.
Then it cleared and you could hear a pin drop against the madness of Quito below. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. This was a phenomenal moment in life to be honest. I was in awe of the city I was staying in. I just couldn’t believe it. When you’re standing on planet earth looking down at something this collosal from over a kilometre above it, while still standing on the grass, you really pinch yourself. The photos don’t do any justice to the feeling. Imagine a nice cool wind hitting your face as you stare down on that…
While the mist cleared and the city came back into sight, I pulled the Northern Ireland flag out again.
Some great, more clear and close ups including capturing the football stadium, which I later visited.
The madness of Quito from above. Another “believe your eyes” moment.
The actual building where you get on and off the Cable Car – also a bit surreal seeing it there, think there was a coffee shop too, but it had cost enough to get up so we stuck to water and gave the coffee a miss.
Time for one last photo with Quito stretched out behind me. It was back down…
To be honest there weren’t that many other people on the Cable Cars that day, or at the top of Cruz Loma. We didn’t even need to avoid getting other people in the photos we took – we were alone most of the time up there! Which made it more sublime. On the way back down, funny then that we met 3 others. We chatted away to them. A Spanish couple, over visiting from Barcelona and their local host, an Ecuadorian lady from Guayaquil. The couple in our Cable Car on the way up had been from Afghanistan, but as with almost everywhere I went in South America, I remained the only Northern Irishman around…
Arrival back at the bottom. This trip was a very unexpected one for me – in that I didn’t expect it to be that good. I have to thank Norbert immensely too – wouldn’t have been as good travelling on my own that day, as I had been the day I crossed the Equator on foot. Norbert had 2 things to do – visit the LAN office and change his flight and visit the travel agent and book his Galapagos trip. I wanted to do the football stadium and Irish Pub, Finn McCools, so I later popped into the pub and waited for him while he sorted his trip out. We both did the New Town and the football stadium, and dinner together. The next morning, it was my time to leave Quito behind, not without some fond fond memories. I still cannot believe I was there.
What Was It? – The TeleferiQo
What’s It About? – Basically a Cable Car from the edge of Quito city up to Cruz Loma
Height – A staggering 4,100 metres above sea level. Yes, over 4 kilometres higher than the Atlantic Ocean
Weather and Atmosphere – (Bottom) – hot, sunny, stuffy, noisy
(Top) -colder, misty, cloudy, windy, quiet
Who Went – Jonny Blair, Norbert Braun
Transport Used – Bus, Taxi, Cable Car
Nationalities Met – German, Afghan, Ecuadorian and Spanish
Key Songs –
(they’ve been used by me before, but they fit here, again…)
1. OCEAN COLOUR SCENE – HUNDRED MILE HIGH CITY:
2. OASIS – THE HINDU TIMES (“i get so high, I just can’t [see] it”):
My Videos of Cruz Loma –
HEADING TO THE TOP IN THE CABLE CAR:
VIEW OF QUITO FROM CRUZ LOMA – PART 1:
VIEW OF QUITO FROM CRUZ LOMA – PART 2 (you can hear the barking dog!):
VIEW OF QUITO FROM CRUZ LOMA – PART 3 (video was playing up!):
VIEW OF QUITO FROM CRUZ LOMA – PART 4 (sky has cleared a bit):