Cotopaxi, Ecuador, July 9, 2003 — We hired a guide to take us to Cotopaxi, a nearly perfectly cone-shaped active volcano outside of Quito. The “guide” turned out to be just a ride, not a guide, but we didn’t really need anything more than the ride. Cotopaxi was beautiful during the few minutes we got to see it, but like nearly every volcano we visited over the year, the clouds obscured our views almost immediately. It quickly became nearly impossible to see more than a few feet, much less get photos. We did manage a tough hike to the refugio at 4800m, and then hiked a little higher — almost to the glacier — but the clouds got even thicker and more menacing, so we turned back and almost ran down the soft, steep lava mountainside back to the car.
Mitad del Mundo, Ecuador, June 26, 2003 –Day 19 was spent with our new friends Barry and Renee traveling to the center of the earth: Ciudad Mitad del Mundo is an hour bus ride out of Quito and is located on the equator (actually near, it turns out — so says the NY Times and Huff Post). Regardless of whether it’s the real equator, it has an interesting museum about the indigenous people of Ecuador, plus we had fun and got gorgeous views of the volcano Cotopaxi.
Photos of Brett & Sherri by Barry Doodeman (though using my equipment and I imagined and set up the photos, so I’m OK with putting them on my photo blog).