Conclusion of Ecuador exped

After our relaxation period in Banos, it was time to head back to Quito for our return flight. We had two options presented to us by Chasqui, one was to do a 9-10 hour drive through the rainforest (on roads) in a big loop to Quito, the other was to drive directly back to Quito […]

Banos

So after our aborted attempt on Chimborazo it was necessary to have a bit of rest and relaxation. We therefore headed towards the Ecuadorian town of Banos for this. Banos is on the slopes of Mount Tungurahua which is a volcano that is currently erupting. We had not had lunch before leaving the 4800m refuge […]

Chimborazo

The summit of Chimborazo is further from the centre of the core of our planet that any other bit of land (due to the equatorial bulge) – it is about 2km further from the centre of the Earth than Everest (8,848m above sea level) despite it’s height only being 6,310m (20,702ft above sea level). As […]

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Quilotoa

Friday 4th January was a scheduled rest day to help with recovery from Cotopaxi. For this “rest day”, we headed out to see the Quilotoa volcanic crater which has a massive lake filling the crater. We drove close¬†to the top of the volcano’s crater – an impressive 3900m. The view over the crater was impressive. […]

Cotopaxi

On the 2nd January 2013 we headed towards Cotopaxi to commence our attempt on her summit. Cotopaxi is the world’s highest active volcano. As we arrived at the entrance to the national park we were surprised by the number of buses and car loads of mountaineers. We had not seen many people at each of […]

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Illinizas Norte success

On Hogmanay, after relaxing in the thermal baths, we ventured into Machachi City and bought some fireworks, local street food and fruit. In the UK fireworks can’t be bought by children, but in Ecuador we had children trying to sell us their Chinese imports. After a brief spell in Machachi City we continued our journey […]