Diplomonkey did not have anything better to do on his day off on his latest trip up to Quito than to go and climb a mountain, or in this case a volcano. That is, the Wawa (i.e., child in the Kichwa language) Pichincha volcano towering over the city.
Which BTW lasted erupted in October 1999, covering Quito in three inches of volcanic ash.
The volcano is easy to reach from Quito via a cable car that will drop you off at the 4,100 meter mark. From there, you start climbing toward the Ruku Pichincha (i.e., old person in Kichwa) peak. The air is thin!
Next time Diplomonkey is up in Quito, and if time permits, he will get a horse and ride up to the caldera is style. Cool, warm ponchos are provided.
Enjoy the sights.