"Courting Cotopaxi & The Lonely Bull" Top 5 Page for this destination Provincia de Cotopaxi by richiecdisc

Provincia de Cotopaxi Travel Guide: 266 reviews and 1,406 photos

As Ecuador strives to become one of South America’s top tourist destinations, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon basin come unsurprisingly to the forefront. After all, they are amazing areas and are generally visited on some type of organized tour thus taking the danger out of Ecuador’s dubious reputation for risk. But it is the Andes that are the heart and soul of this emerging nation. No visit to Ecuador is complete without at least a cursory visit to this stunning region. Spectacular volcanoes dot the harsh windswept barren landscape like monumental blips on an otherwise sun scorched plateau while its indigenous inhabitants sway between their Incan past and western intrusion. Compacted into a ridiculously small region the Andes of Ecuador not only are the continent’s most easily explored but their close proximity to the sea, jungle and the nation’s capital makes them nearly impossible to not at least pass through unless your travel is entirely by air. And why do that when below you lies not only one of the planet’s great wonders but also one of South America’s greatest road infrastructures, one surely modernized but still a remnant of what the Incas utilized for nearly a century.

  • Last visit to Provincia de Cotopaxi: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated Nov 5, 2009
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  • vichatherly's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2009 at 6:54 AM

    Simply Fabulous photos

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2009 at 9:34 AM

    My calling is in the mountain & this is one place that a look tells a thousand words! Some things one simply has to look with the eyes & you have captured that essence with this opening pix!

  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Stunning photo! Had a trip to Cotopaxi planned that I had to cancel. So disappointed! One day, I'll get there. In the meantime, I'm going to spend some time checking out your pages. Take care, Donna

  • brewjohnson's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Richie, that could be the best pic I've ever seen. Unbelievable.

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    magnificent Photo - the air must have been refreshing & More ;-)))

  • JohanIsWeg's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    That's a stunning pic, well done!

  • betako3's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    I wonder what it's like to hike at almost 4000m!The photos are amazing I found the ones in 'nightlife' partic.appealing but couldn't bare to look at the starved calf at hosteria. Lots of good practical tips, too.

  • melosh's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    I stumbled into your picture of Cotopaxi, and then your enthusiastic pages on Equador that moved it up on my list of places to see. (I understand why you have a #13 rating.) I also loved the romantic personal history inside your pages.

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2008 at 5:51 AM

    Great tips of Cotopaxi and surrounding areas, hope to be able to visit one day!

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2008 at 7:12 AM

    This is truly amazing beautiful place and your writing & photos are just among the best I ever see around here. Thanks for the hard work.

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