Blogs from Cotopaxi, Centre, Ecuador, South America - page 4


South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi May 7th 2010

I returned to Quito from Galapagos for two days to try and arrange a biking trip to Cotopaxi. Luckily the Biking Dutchman had a small booking for Friday 7th. For the two days in Quito I made the mistake of staying at El Cafecito. From the outside it looks nice and the restaurant/cafe serves good, but pricey food, but the rooms need to be redecorated, the beds are probably the worst I´ve had to sleep in so far but for 7USD, you get what you pay for. For the day of cycling, there were 4 of us in the group and were driven by Fernando, our guide for the day, to Cotopaxi National Park. Entrance to the park was 10 USD (I believe a discount can be given for students or volunteers upon production of a ... read more
Looking away from Cotopaxi

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi March 31st 2010

Le lien vers les videos se trouvent a la fin du texte. Videos at the bottom of the text. English version below. On est arrive a Secret Garden Cotopaxi vers 5h du soir. Dans cet hostel ils servaient les snacks a 17h30 alors ca tombait bien ! Comme c'est vraiment isole dans la montagne, tu y dors et a les 3 repas de la journee. Et tu y manges tres bien. On a dormi en tente avec un vrai matelas et on avait pas froid meme a 3500m. Le 1er jour on fait une autre marche jusqu'au volcan Pasochoa. Norm, un hollandais prevoyait aussi de grimper le cotopaxi. On a tous ete assez rapides et c'etait tjs tres motivant mentalement pour la derniere ligne droite. En haut on a fait une petit pause... mais le retour ... read more
Dans l'hostel
Autour de Secret garden
Vue de Secret Garden Cotopaxi

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi December 22nd 2009

We spent another few days in Banos taking in the countryside and friendly people, there was a independence festival in Quito (capital of Ecuador) starting on December 1st so we took the bus there, Quito was pretty expensive by South American standards, and not the nicest city we've ever been to it was meant to be dangerous after 10 in the evening and was a busy thriving town and rather disappointingly the festivities weren't properly kicking off for a few days! After 2 days (and visiting the important museums and churches) we decided we'd had enough and headed back to Banos whee we started Spanish school 4 hrs of lessons a day (and about the same in homework!) and living with our teacher Elizabeth. We were very lucky in that Banos was also celebrating 50 years ... read more
Our Spanish Teachers house and friendly pet rotweiller
girl getting paitriotic at one of the Banos marches!!
Smart Marching Band in Banos

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi December 20th 2009

Next stop Ecuador. We were in Quito for a couple of days, staying at a place on ´Rob Alley´. Pretty much every day people came back with stories of getting robbed, mugged, or pickpocketed in the streets nearby. The most interesting story was from an old lady about 70 years old who was approached by three guys in the evening. They tried to get her bag but she kicked one in the balls and they scrambled away. Way to put up a fight! TBagz and I now being familiar to the ways of hardened criminals put on our toughest faces that no one dare mess wit. Quito was an interesting city...lots of old colonial buildings and interesting locals. The highlight of the city time was a sunday afternoon at the midget bull fight. Until we got ... read more
View from Hostel Balcony
Bull Ring

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi November 24th 2009

Nous avons organisé notre séjour au parc national de Cotopaxi avec notre hotel, Secret Garden, qui a aussi quelques chambres á proposer lá bas. Le matin, aprés 1h30 de route, la jeep nous a déposé á l'auberge, et lá, c'était comme le paradis. Loin du bruit et de la pollution de Quito, nous étions dans les montagnes, entourés de 9 volcans, certains toujours actifs. A Quito, nous avions gagné un quizz et le premier prix était une nuit pour deux á Cotopaxi. Alors nous avons profité de l'aubaine et pris la "suite nuptiale", petite maison avec étage. Le rez de chaussé avait une baignoire, une cheminée et la chambre avait une vue magnifique sur les montagnes. Le soir, comme il n'y a pas d'électricité, le personnel allume des bougies et la cheminée et on a meme ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi November 23rd 2009

Once we left our hostel in Quito we arrived at their sister hostel in Cotopaxi. This hostel was like a paradise exceot for the temperature as it is 3500 meters in the mountains! On our arrival we were given our lunch and then brought for a short trip to a near by waterfall followed by the 4 dogs of the house. The house itself sits on two hecters of land and overlooks the giant volcano which is still active. That evening we played some Extreme Jenga, had a beer and went to bed. On Saturday morning (My Birthday), we were collected at 11.30am by our two guides for the climb. We also had a new member to our team (Andy) from England so now our team was made completely of the british and Irish Lions!! Our ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi October 26th 2009

Hola When I arrived at the secret garden hostel in Quito I met two London boys who agreed to do the equator with me the following day. I was writing my blog and they went for pizza without me, so I walked across the street to what must be the best pizza deal going in Ecuador. I ordered a personal Hawaiian pizza with a tasty passion fruit drink for $3.30 - and joined a group of 6 Brits who were already eating. Found out they were going to the equator the following day and agreed to join the girls at 7:15 the next morning to walk to the market to get fruit. The following morning, bright and early I was walking with Maeve - from Ireland. All of them were headed to Colombia so I was ... read more
It is hard to balance there
This almost worked
The gringo bradey bunch

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi October 26th 2009

Cotopaxi sits in Central Ecuador in the Avenue of Volcanoes. It's the highest snow-capped active Volcano in the world, at 5897m. Taking out preparation a bit too seriously, we attended a vulcanology lecture in Quito and were informed that a large volcanic explosion was due on Cotopaxi within the next two years. In fact by 'due', it is 70% likely to be this year. This put us off the idea a little bit as the vulcanologist presenting the lecture was a bit of a doom merchant. The title of the lecture was 'Everyone in Quito will die this year'. Well not word for word but that was the gist. The altitude is a significant worry when attempting a climb like this. Supposedly only 1 in 10 make it for reasons including the cold (it drops to ... read more
Cotopaxi from Illiniza Norte
Lindsay in full gear
Cotopaxi at 5500m

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi October 19th 2009

I've just had a brilliant (though very tiring) weekend in Cotopaxi National Park. It started with a very early morning on saturday. I left the house at 6am and made my way to the South American Explorers Clubhouse in Quito. After introductions and a run through of the plan for the weekend we set off for Cotapaxi National Park. We arrived at Languna de Limpiopunga (3,800m the highest I'd ever been though not for long!) with the sun shining and blue skies. We set off along the lake towards Ruimiñahui (Central peak, 4,631m). Mark (one of the guides) setted a slow place, due to the altitude, as we meandered through the paramo and then headed up to the top of a grassy ridge. Here we had a rest taking in the views and eating some of ... read more

South America » Ecuador » Centre » Cotopaxi October 11th 2009

An early departure from our house had us in the back of a truck with mountain bikes on the roof, heading straight towards Cotopaxi National Park. This park is Ecuador's premier Andean sanctuary, housing the country's second highest peak, which is also the highest active volcano in the world. It's summit is 5897m above sea level, and demands dedication, adjustment to altitude, and excellent physical condition. "The first refuge", located at 4800m, is reserved for the more laid back Cotopaxi experience... AKA me! A bumpy drive brought us to the base of the volcano, where we were promised a "short" hike to the cabin. This "short" hike yet again proves my point of the special "Ecuadorian time zone". Two hours later I stumbled into the cabin, completely drained and out of breath from the drastic change ... read more
In The Cabin
Group Biking

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