In pouring rain, I walk up and down the alleys of Quito’s old town, telling myself that I’d rather have bad weather now, while I’m not yet acclimatised. This trip has a strange plan: South America in the footsteps of myself, I will cover almost the same distance as 11 years ago. However (even if I start with baroque churches in Quito) with a different focus: more mountains and less culture. I’m sure I’ll also take one or two photos for my book on orogenesis…
As far as volcanoes are concerned, I start near Otavalo (north of Quito) with Laguna Cuicocha. Steep, densely forested lava domes rise out of the caldera lake, in which the dark grey clouds are reflected. Then culture again, I stroll through the Saturday market of Otavalo and find it a bit touristy…
The next caldera lake to the south is Laguna Quilotoa, south of Quito.
Travelogue Andes 2010
Trekking at Chimborazo
Tungurahua and Baños