Bertrand loves volcanoes. Don’t ask me why. Me, on the other hand, I’m not that keen, but because I am the best girlfriend in the world, I agreed to go for 48h to the almighty Cotopaxi Volcano.
Cotopaxi is an active volcano in the Andes Mountains, located about 50 km south of Quito, Ecuador.
Relaxing by the fire
We traveled from Quito, leaving in the morning and arriving at the ranch in the afternoon. The weather was not with us, having rained most of the day, so after a short walk, we decided to return and chill in our suite.
What do you long for when the weather is cold and rainy? I don’t know about you, but for me sitting by the fire, sipping on hot chocolate it’s just perfection.
On our way to Cotopaxi Volcano
The next day was less rainy but equally cloudy, so we couldn’t have a good view of the volcano. Regardless, we decided to do the trek.
We hitchhiked – I hope my mother doesn’t read this 🙂 – from the hacienda and we were dropped off by a kind person almost at the entrance of the park.
After we registered, the man in charge was a bit worried about letting us walk by ourselves, so he asked the same driver that brought us there to drive us as much as possible into the park. So, we basically got transportation without paying for it.
From where we were dropped off, we basically walked back, and we were almost alone on the trail. I think we walked for about 2h when it started raining. At that point, we had reached the nearest hacienda from where we took a taxi back to our place.
Where and How to
How to get there: We traveled from Quito by bus and then a taxi.
Where to stay: We stayed at El Porvenir and had a great time. Our room was beautiful. Did I mention the fireplace? :).
Where to eat: We eat at the ranch, they had a varied menu and good vegetarian options. Breakfast was included in the room’s price.
What to do: There are trekking and horse riding options at the ranch. I would have loved to do some horse riding, but we didn’t have enough time.
Safety: We could not get close to the volcano because it was dangerous. Normally, at the entrance of the park, you will be told up to what point you can walk, and there are also signs. I would advise that you check the latest news about the volcano activity before planning a trip.
Photography by Bertrand Delvaux.