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Travel Blogs from Cotopaxi
"The defining thing about climbing is that it kills you." - Joe Simpson "If we're talking about true risk occasionally there has to be a price paid." - Royal Robbins These are some of the choice quotes from a book that I'm reading called "Where the Mountain Casts its Shadow" by Maria Coffey. It's excellent, I highly recommend it. It discusses why …
After entering the national park of Cotopaxi we stopped for a photo opportunity and to check everyone was acclimatising. We then stopped for a second time, again to check that everyone was feeling ok, and here our guide told us about the plants in the areas and their uses and we had some coca tea. It was the first time I tried coca tea and I actually found it quite nice.
Finally our long drive ended in the ...
... is an accountant from England, another a 30
engineer from Australia another is an obstruction from England and 3 retired
people from eastern Canada. The first 2 nights we stayed at a home stay just
over the Andes in the Amazon, the accommodations were basic with no power but we
had cold showers and candles for light, the meals were good and the family were
very accommodating. We went for a jungle walk, they showed us different plants ...
... before taking on Cotopaxi (5897m) after. Perfect! Managed to get on the trip after the hostel sorted things with the guide and after some great food we caught up on our Yanive (Israeli Game) card playing!
Up early the next morning to meet our guide and get sorted with a few extra bits of gear like helmet, gloves and climbing harness as there is some exposed scrambling and some loose rocks near the top. Turned out to be fine but you definitely wouldn't want to ...
... climb part of the world's highest active volcano the following morning. Even better, we would be able to stop at the infamous weekly (only on Wednesdays) Saquisilli market on the way.
This morning, as planned, On our way to Cotopaxi National Park, we stopped in Sasquisilli to check out the market scene. Most of the smells, sights and sounds we encountered at the market were not unfamiliar to Jonathan and me, as we make it a point to stop at ...