Having had our fill of big cities, we decided not to call into Quito. However, in passing to the south and east of the city we detoured back up into the Andes to take a look at Cotapaxi, one of the highest volcanoes in the world. It has erupted more than 50 times in the last 300 years and on a clear day it can be seen from Quito.
We found this picture of Cotopaxi (above) on the internet – this is what it looks like on a bright sunny day.
However ……… on a cloudy day you can’t see a thing!
Ever the optomists, we hung around overnight in the carpark (at 3,500 metres and near freezing) hoping for a better view in the morning. Bad move!