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  • Chuquiragua and Cotopaxi
    Chuquiragua and Cotopaxi
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  • Werneria nubigena
    Werneria nubigena
    by MalenaN
  • Gentiana sedifolia
    Gentiana sedifolia
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Provincia de Cotopaxi Favorites

  • Chuquiragua flower

    On our way down from Cotopaxi ’s parking area we stopped to take a short walk and see some of the hardy plants that grow in this altiplano or paramo landscape. Here we saw the chuquiragua plant, which Jose Luiz told us is the national flower of Ecuador. This is a low shrub which grows only in this country and neighbouring Peru. It has yellow/orange...

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  • imminent encroachment sounded...

    As the sun went down, Cotopaxi began to appear. We hoped our friends were on the ridge above Limpiopungo enjoying the view as well. There was not much time for reflection as we cooked and ate a well deserved meal and retired to our tent for some needed rest. We weren’t in for long when we heard what sounded unmistakably like footsteps. Thoughts...

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  • a part of the whole thing

    In the course of the next two days we would get even luckier. We got photos of Cotopaxi perfectly reflected in mirror flat Laguna Limpiopungo just minutes before the wind picked up. There were herds of wild horses with luminescent volcanoes in the background. We even caught red glowing light on Cotopaxi’s peak at sunset. We had also had the...

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  • from a nightmare to a dream

    The next morning, I awoke from what seemed a dream and immediately popped my head out of the tent without leaving the warm comfort of my sleeping bag. Not only was there no mad bull to be seen but Cotopaxi was looming much more clearly than the evening before. The early morning light offered a luminous quality that had me excitedly and...

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  • zooming in on some cows

    After four hours we seemed to be about three quarters to the base of Rumiñahui. We hadn’t brought information on climbing the now somewhat imposing peak since it wasn’t in our original plans. Though it looked like a worthwhile excursion it would certainly slow us down by an extra day in addition to the one we were currently “wasting.” So, we...

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  • heading towards Rumiñahui

    That the 6000+meter wonder was nowhere to be seen when we arrived at Laguna Limpiopungo put a slight damper on our introduction to the park. Throw in a cold spraying drizzle and you get the idea that we wished we waited for a better day. Our taxi cohorts were under more pressure. They only had four hours in the park and a non-appearance by the...

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  • They don't call it Cotopaxi Province for...

    They don’t call it Cotopaxi Province for nothing. Anyone venturing into this corner of the world has to be coming at least in part to see the world’s tallest active volcano. We were no exception and personally it was THE main reason I was going to Ecuador. It is one of the most beautiful peaks in the world, a perfect symmetrical cone, snow covered...

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  • Great View

    When we were walking downwards, we had a splendid view over the volcano slope, and the lower part of the National Park.Also on the way down there was more time to enjoy the view, as it was not so difficult to descent. So we had more time to make pictures. the scenery

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  • Foggy top of the Cotopaxi

    It was a great experience to visit this Cotopaxi National Park, and of course it was a great feeling to have reached the Refugio Jose Rivas at an altitude of 4800 metres (on foot).You can see the orange roof of the Refugio on the picture.And we were very lucky that the fog did disappear partly so we could see something more of this fantastic...

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  • National park

    We spent the night in the colonial Hacienda La Cienega in Lasso. And on a clear day it is possible to see the Cotopaxi Volcano from the Hacienda.Unfortunately it was cloudy when we where there.In the morning we did visit the local market in Saquisili.And from Saquisili we did drive to the Cotopaxi National Park. In this National Park we wanted to...

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