Monday, July 13, 2009

Cotopaxi, Ecuador

From the Alpine Ascents itinerary:
Travel by bus to Cotopaxi. The region around Cotopaxi has the highest number of clear days per year in the Ecuadorian Andes. This exquisite mountain rises in Cotopaxi National Park, the showpiece national park in all of mainland Ecuador. On our drive, we pass through several vegetative zones and anticipate encountering llamas, herds of wild horses, foxes, Cara-Cara falcons, eagles, Andean gulls, lapwings, etc. and interesting paramo vegetation. We will stay at Tambopaxi (3,766 m / 12, 356 ft). This rustic but elegant lodge offers great views of the north face of Cotopaxi. There is a telescope so that we can have a closer look of the normal route up the mountain. Today will be dedicated to rest and recover strength for the upcoming climb.

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