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Latacunga, Ecuador
If you have a week in Quito, Ecuador try summiting the world's highest active volcano, Cotopaxi, in Ecuador. Cotopaxi is a mythical mountain which sits high in the Andes at 19,300 ft. above sea level. To the Incas it was a storied volcano and it...
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Who knew this view of Pululahua Volcano exists from a hotel bed just 30 minutes outside Quito. Not many people, which I discovered on a recent visit: http://www.afar.com/afar/staying-on-the-edge-quitos-volcano-hotel.
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The Quilotoa Loop is a 124 mile road that drops and rises several thousand feet in elevation and climbers use it to acclimatize for Cotopaxi. The Quilotoa Crater Lake is in the middle of the Loop, about 1000ft down in the middle of a crater ringed...
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We stayed here at Estrella de Chimbarazo, at 4,000 meters. These really nice but rustic lodgings are used as a basecamp for Expediciones Andinas. This is a good place to relax after a couple days of driving or to acclimatize before trying to hike...
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In Mindo I decided to try canyoning, which is walking down a waterfall. At the top of the narrow muddy jungle trail next to the falls a guide strapped me into a harness and put me on a rope. He showed me how to belay myself with my dominant hand,...