November 19th, 2011
Cotopaxi National Park has one of the few equatorial volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi. It is just a bit south of Quito, and is a popular mountain to climb and watch the sunrise (although it is snow covered year round and is supposedly a tough climb).
Also, in the park, is a campground on the side of the volcano, which is where I decided to head.
I had to get through Quito, but it wasn’t too bad. And it wasn’t long before I could see the volcano is the distance.
The road to get the park entrance was dirt, but with the new suspension it was a non-issue. Then I got to the gate and security came over.
No motorcycles allowed. I tried to find out if there was somewhere I could park and hike in, but I don’t think they wanted to understand what I was saying. And, truthfully, I wasn’t sure I liked the idea. I poked around some looking for another way in without much luck, so I stayed in town.
I did watch the sun set on the volcano, but from much further away than I wanted.
I spent some time working out where to go. I was off the route I had planned, which was coastal, so I needed to take some time and sort out if there was anything to see (that allowed motorcycles), or if I should head for the coast and get back on the route I had planned.
And I found out about the Highway of the Waterfalls.