After saying goodbye to our fellow travelers; Janet, Dick, Roger, Phil and Mikey headed for the Ecuadorian Highlands, a portion of the Andes that range Southward through Chile.
We passed by the Ave of the Volcanoes, with the tallest 19,000 ft. There are 20 active volcanoes. We will be exploring this valley on our return to Quito.
We arrived at Quilotoa Lagoon in Cotopaxi, Ecuador. It is the most western volcano in the Andes. The Caldera was formed 800 years ago and the resulting lake is 2 miles wide and 820 ft deep. The greenish color is dissolved minerals. We hiked down to the lake and back, which was around 2 miles, with an elevation change of over 1600 ft. The rim was at 12,840 ft.
After a late lunch, we were ready to retire to the beautiful Hacienda La Cienega for the rest of the evening, a massive Spanish structure, built in the 17th Century. We spent the few hours left, exploring the structure, with its own Chapel, gardens and fountains, before retiring.
Buenas Noches Amigos