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We drove south from Quito with Jose Luiz along the Panamerican Highway, here known as the Avenue of the Volcanoes because it passes between the eastern and western ridges of the Andes with several active and inactive volcanoes, of which the highest and most famous is Cotopaxi . It had been bright when we left the city but soon clouded over rather, though some of the volcanoes could be seen – Cotopaxi however was hidden from view.
Cotopaxi means “Smooth Neck of the Moon” and the indigenous people have revered the mountain for centuries. To them, the mountain was the bringer of both good rains and good crops. Pre-Incan civilizations believed god dwelled at the top of the mountain.
But the mountain is also potentially the bringer of disaster. A still-active volcano (it last erupted about 70 years ago), an eruption today would cause the ice in its glacier to melt and to flood the valley below, bringing destruction to nearby Latacunga and as far north as the southern suburbs of Quito.
On the day of our visit the only “danger” was that we might not see it because of the cloud. Thankfully we did, but we had to wait a while before the mountain would oblige and show itself. Meanwhile, at Jose Luiz’s suggestion, we stopped at a rose-growing farm, which proved more interesting than I had anticipated. And after our visit to Cotopaxi we stayed nearby at a beautiful old hacienda, before continuing the next day to Quilotoa (a page on which will follow).
This is one of a number of small pages about a variety of places we visited on our holiday in Ecuador. There is more information about the country as a whole and our experiences there on my overview page, linked above.
Meanwhile to follow our day out in the order that we did, start with that visit to the rose farm
- Pros:Stunningly beautiful
- Cons:The altitude can challenge you if you're not used to it, and unpredictable weather means you may not see the summit
- In a nutshell:Majestic mountain splendour!
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