Volcano Cotopaxi


Yesterday I hired a guide, Mario, to take me from Banos to Volcano Cotopaxi. We set out from my hotel at 7 and arrived at the National Park about 9. We looked at a small lake and then stopped at the visitor center for a few minutes. It was getting a bit windy, so I decided to buy a fun hat…the best $5 I have spent!!
We drove up to the parking area for the hike to Refuge 1 where it was much colder and the wind was so strong I could hardly open the door to get out of the truck. I really wasn’t expecting much of a hike since everything had been explained in meters 😆😆. Mario, growing up hiking Cotopaxi and the other volcanoes in the area, took us straight up the side of the mountain, skipping the trail. Wow, hiking straight up hill in gravel much like soft beach sand with the wind screaming around us was quite a treat, but the views were amazing!!!


When we got about 2/3 of the way up we cut over to the trail, Mario pointed out the group that left before us and said, “Look, we took a shortcut!”. Nice! When we finally reached the refuge, it made sense why I was breathing a little hard…Who knew 4,864 meters is 15,953 ft!😆


Amazing!! We went in to get warmed up for a few minutes and had a much needed cup of hot coca tea, a specialty here. And how cool is this? They even had a fun stamp to add to my passport to prove I made it!



Then, we headed up a bit farther on the trail to get a few more views before hiking down.


When we made it down and stopped back in the visitor center for a quick lunch and some more tea.

After lunch, the driver took me to a cool little hotel in the country where I dropped my stuff and cleaned up. Afterwards, Mario took the bus with me to Latacunga, the capital of the Cotopaxi province for a quick tour and a fun drink.



At the end of the day, we took the bus back to the town closest to my hotel and the driver picked me up and took me back for my night on the farm. Beautiful!



Next, Mitad Del Mundo where I will stand in both hemispheres at the same time!

2 Replies to “Volcano Cotopaxi”

  1. Wow are you adventures that you are having is amazing! By the way you totally rock that hat I am jealous that is a great hat!

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