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Cotopaxi Day Trip: Hiking and Cycling An Active Volcano

By Owen / November 14, 2017

I sat at the tour office for a long time, contemplating with the staff if I should do the summit climb of the Cotopaxi volcano.

It wasn’t the physical challenge that deterred me.

Nor the altitude – Cotopaxi is the 2nd highest summit in Ecuador at 5897m.

See, Cotopaxi is one of the world’s highest active volcano and it erupted 2 years ago, after being dormant since 1942.

Even though the summit received the green light and reopened last month (after being closed for 2 years), there were still reports of sulphur emission.

I can be defeated by the toughness but not by a gas. I decided to do the day trip to the glacier line instead.


Getting Lost With Witches & Locals at the Quilotoa Loop

By Owen / November 11, 2017

The dog barked at me.

I ignored it and continued walking.

The owner of the wooden shack came out and asked, “You understand Spanish?”

He then proceeded to tell me that I was on the wrong path. He advised me to turn back and take a small path on the right down the hill.

I walked back for almost 7 min and met at least 4 other trekkers going where I headed. This was a common occurrence on the 3-days Quilotoa Loop trek: missing the actual path and getting rescued by friendly locals.