The flight of the Condor

THE FLIGHT OF THE CONDOR
The length of the lava-stream of Antisanilla can hardly be less than seven to eight miles. I clambered to the top, and got little reward, for the farther side, as well as its upper and lower extremities, were lost in mist. Its red colouring is probably superficial, and the nucleus of the mass, I conjecture, is a very dark and compact lava, specimens of which were broken out with some labour.

Edward Whimper, 1892.

From Antisana it is a 3 day trip southeast towards Sincholagua and Cotopaxi’s Volcanoes.

A Condor flying free
Suggested itinerary:

Day 1. Departure from Quito to the east on a road enriched by a spectacular landscape, we will cross a 4,100 m (13,452 ft) pass and immediately descend to Papallacta village, where we will set up our
campsite. There will be some time to enjoy natural hot springs, the best in Ecuador. Dinner will be served.
Day 2. After breakfast we will pack our gear onto horses, then we will head southeast towards Rio Tambo, until we arrive at Laguna Volcan, where we will set up our campsite. Dinner will be served.
Day 3. The day will begin with a rather long uphill hike, bringing us to the western flanks of Antizana. A wide variety of wild flowers and plants as well as birds including The Great Condor can be seen. Campsite by a fresh water stream, dinner.
Day 4. Today we will continue southeast on a gentle trail, towards Sincholahua peak. Some birds of prey as well as large herds of sheeps will be seen. Campsite and dinner.
Day 5. After breakfast we break down our campsite and prepare ourselves to hike up in the direction of the saddle betwen Sincholahua and Cerro Chico and immediately descend to the shores of Rio Pita. After crossing Pita River we will reach Cotopaxi National Park, where our vehicles will be waiting for us to bring us to the José Ribas Refuge (4,800 m – 15,749 ft) where we will spend the night. Dinner will be served.
Day 6. Midnight Breakfast. Following the standard route it will take us about six hours to reach the summit. From the summit on a clear day we’ll be able to see its crater and most of the peaks over 5,000 m (16,405 ft) in Ecuador. Down to the refuge it will take us about three hours. In the afternoon we will be back in Quito.