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Mar 4, 2011 - Volcan Cotopaxi

Having been up at 5am the previous day, we really didn’t want to get up at 6am this Friday morning, especially since a bout of insatiable itching woke me at 2am, but in spite of our sleepiness, we managed to be ready and at the meeting point for 6.45am. We met our companions for the day, before setting off with our guide, Marco, to the highest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi. We all chatted on the journey there and found out that two of our companions, Lucy and Michael, were secondary school teachers from England who had been living...

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Apr 13, 2007 - Quilatoa Loop-Ecuador

I set off for the Quilatoa Loop with a new traveling partner, Jane. We arrived in Zambahua by bus late in the afternoon. It was pouring outside and we had no place to stay. We checked into the first hotel we saw (the town only has a couple) and were shown a very nice room. The owner, a local Quichua woman, had an 8 year old daughter that followed us to the room. Luckily, jane speaks excellent spanish and the two hit it off. We had dinner with her and I decided to hire as a guide for the next days hike. She spoke no english and didn't have a...

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Oct 27, 2005 - Cotopaxi, Ecuador Oct. 27

Thursday, October 27, 2005: Today we began a 2-day bike tour of the Cotopaxi volcano and Quilotoa loop. We joined a mountain biking outfit in Quito called the Biking Dutchman for the tour. There were 7 of us in total who signed up for the downhill biking at Cotopaxi. We met in New City Quito early in the morning, drove 2-1/2 hours south to the park of Cotopaxi, where we drove up to 4600 m (15,100 ft) to begin our downhill bike ride. The view was beautiful but cloud cover prevented us from seeing the summit. The surrounding land was barren...

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Apr 9, 2005 - The randomness of Latacunga

It was a bit of a misson to get to the bus terminal, however it makes us appreciate having 45L bags and not the 90L bags we had in Canada. It didnt take long for us to realise that you will never go hungy on a bus in Ecuador. Every time the bus slowed down (traffic lights, speed humps, even on corners) the bus would be filled with people selling all kinds of food. Drinks, Banana chips, Ice creams, fried chicken, bread, fruit, lollies, chocolate, toilet paper, magazines and lottery tickets. They stay on the bus for however long it takes to...

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Dec 10, 2004 - Volcán Rumiñahui and Volcán Cotopaxi

Climbing to the summit of Volcán Rumiñahui, 15,449ft. was absolutely, positively the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. It was a climb of 2,555ft. over 3 miles of trail from the climbing refuge to the summit. The climb took 4 hours with the last hour being the last 300ft of altitude. It took every ounce of strength and all of my will power to make it to the summit. The last bit of the climb, I had to stop every few steps to catch my breath and let my heart slow down to a somewhat reasonable rate. Upon reaching the top I was...

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Nov 14, 2004 - Train to Cotopaxi National Park.

This morning I left the hostal with the two girls from Norway at 6:30AM in order to catch the train to Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi Volcanoe is the worlds highest active volcanoe at 19,340ft. It was a 2 hour train ride through the Ecuadorian Andes filled with amazing views of the mountains and the beatiful countryside. Once at the park, it was a 40 minute hike through the forest and up and down hills to see Cotopaxi. At about 11,600ft. the hike definitely taxes the lungs and heart. But it was well worth it. Appearantly nobody else...

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