Latacunga, Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador, July 8, 2003 — We left the paradise of Galapagos to return to Quito. And then right away we headed about 90 km by bus to Latacunga, just outside of Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Galapagos was at sea level (obviously), and Latacunga sits at 2,800 meters (about 1.75 miles) above seal level. But more jarring than the thin air was the return to civilization. The photos sure were different.