After a hearty breakfast, we set off from the lodge and drive in our private vehicle to the parking area of the Cotopaxi mountain refuge. We will then walk for approximately an hour with a visit to the mountaineers’ lodge the first stop on our agenda. Once there we take a second to admire the views before beginning the next stage of our day’s hiking, a walk to the edge of the glacier, a trip of approximately two hours.
Here we enjoy another quick stop to enjoy the views from the northern side of the mountain, which offers a spectacular panorama. At this point, it is interesting to identify (with the help of our guide) all the ground we have covered since the first day of our adventure: Quito, its valleys, the distant mountains in the north, and the road from Pasochoa, through the Pita canyon, to el Pedregal, Sincholagua, Rumiñahui, and the magnificent Limpiopungo valley.
The last stage of our day’s hiking is the descent, which will take approximately 2 hours, takes the same route back to the parking lot and we head to our hotel in Banos.
Meals (B, L, D)