Trekking within the foothills of Cotopaxi
Return clients Patti McCarthy and her household just lately travelled with Andean Trails round Ecuador and shared their experiences of trekking the Lodge to Lodge trek in Cotopaxi Nationwide Park with us.
Up near the mighty Cotopaxi
Mountain climate is notoriously unsettled and unpredictable, however the volcano Cotopaxi is subsequent degree, as we discovered whereas spending every week there!
We loved 4 fabulous days of strolling and a day of mountain biking within the Cotopaxi Nationwide Park and it felt like we skilled each all weathers and all terrains.
On our first morning, we had a implausible view of Cotopaxi from our breakfast desk on the pretty Cotopaxipungo Lodge.
The height was all icy whiteness towards an excellent blue sky and promised a stupendous day for climbing, however by lunchtime we have been puffing our manner up a close-by peak in pouring rain! Fortunately, we had a scrumptious box-lunch to maintain our spirits up and we actually appreciated the open hearth and the new chocolate on our return to the resort.
Having fun with gorgeous views
We additionally had a extremely nice information, Juan, who taught us a lot concerning the native space and actually added to each our enjoyment and appreciation of the realm.
The following morning Cotopaxi was once more white and crystalline – till all of a sudden the puffs of smoke modified to gray and smoke began to pour out. Fortunately, we have been far too far-off to be at risk and have been in a position to benefit from the present with out worrying.
Over the following few days, we walked by verdant river valleys, alongside canyons and throughout grassy altiplano meadows. We teetered on the prime of excessive cliffs overlooking countless valleys, stood in a former Inca camp and have been refreshed by the spray of gorgeous waterfalls. We cherished the birdlife – from big condors to tiny hummingbirds – and the large number of flowers and timber.
The following two nights we stayed a lot nearer to Cotopaxi at Hacienda Los Mortinos, which not solely provided great views however a herd of llamas, which we cherished watching!
Altogether it was a really memorable few days. Thanks Kathy & Andean Trails!