Almost every day that I was in the area, the clouds moved in quite early on Cotopaxi. However, if you were out by dawn, you got a pretty good chance of seeing the mountains. On this particular day, we first had to ascend a bit to get above the clouds and then, looking back, I saw this.
A few hours later that same day, we climbed Iliniza Norte mostly in the clouds, with the occasional glimpse when it opened up a bit. I didn't even bother taking a picture on the summit.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe