Cotopaxi National Park

In Ecuador’s Avenue Of The Volcanoes, Hiking Through A Ring Of Fire

I’m standing on the brink—the very brink—of the volcano’s crater.  Below me, in the carbon-rich lake, dark patches streak the green waters, which glisten with minerals.  A lone sheep grazes nearby, impervious to the keening wind.  Overhead, smokelike clouds, moving in off the late-afternoon peaks. Tranquil it might be, but that crater never lets you […]

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