Provincia de Cotopaxi Travel Blog› entry 6 of 48 › view all entries
We got up early to try and book a trip to Volcan Cotopaxi. However Latacunga was still sleepy from Sunday and none of the tour companies (including tourist office) opened until 9.30. Eventually we managed to get into our preferred tour soon after (that included walking up to the refuge at the bottom of the glacier before mountain biking back down - Rinallacta Tours US$55). By 10.30 we were on the road.
The weather that had looked good in Latacunga didn´t look quite so good out on the road with so much cloud around that you couldn´t even see the mountain as we entered the park. It didn´t bode well. Our guide however remained optimistic that we should get a break in the cloud at some point. Hernando was actually really nice and the first indigenous person we´d come across with any level of English.
After spending 45 minutes at the refuge we descended to meet up with Marie at which point the clouds had not only returned but descended as far as the car park and we couldn´t see more than a few metres. Fun conditions for a 25km descent on mountain bikes down the side of the mountain, especially when the front brake was over sensitive and the back brake was non existant !! We´d found Marie´s fortee and she was off with Dave and I trailing in her wake. The ride wasn´t too steep but the rocks, bumps and crevices made up an interesting challenge.
To finish an amazing day, Dave and I treated ourselves to the famous cuy (guinea pig) for dinner. I got the top half including head with mouth, eyes and cute little ears attached, whilst Dave got the rear including claws. Tasted lovely - dark meat but tastes similar to chicken. However there is disappointingly little meat on the bone and we were still starving afterwards.
A day never to be forgotten !!