"The Andes: Ecuador's Heart & Soul" Ecuador Things to Do Tip by richiecdisc

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  Cotopaxi's refelction in Laguna Limpiapunga
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Though many shortchange Ecuador with a hasty visit to capital Quito and a five day cruise around some of the Galapagos Islands even most of those fly by night visitors pay homage to the Andes even if indirectly with a cursory stop at the imposing volcano, Coto paxi. But for anyone paying attention it becomes obvious that the Andes are the heart and soul of Ecuador. Geographically composing the center of the small country, its indigenous inhabitants offer a glimpse into the area?s past Incan glory and the windswept landscape is interspersed with stunning volcanoes, the most impressive of which is admittedly Cotopaxi. It?s not hard to see why the imposing wonder remains the country?s second biggest tourist draw. Most go on day trips but the area around it can keep the intrepid traveler busy for a lifetime. Please read about our backpacking trip around the massive one on my Cotopaxi page as well as our attempt to climb Ilinizas Norte.

Directions: Cotopaxi National Park is about 90 minutes south of Quito.

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  • Updated Feb 13, 2008
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