The mountains that surround Quito are a special attraction not only for the visitors but also for its inhabitants. Of course, all of them are volcanoes, more or less active; some have not seen activity perhaps in hundreds of years while one of them erupted just fourteen years ago, and this was precisely Pichincha.
In high school time I belonged to the Club of Mountaineering of Colegio San Gabriel, located just at the feet of Rucu Pichincha, one of the five summits belonging to Pichincha. It was a permanent invitation and we accepted it very often, specially after observing as two of our teachers, young Jesuit students at the time (‘maestrillos’ in the Jesuit argot), used to climb several of the summits in the morning and returned to lunch time!
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