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by Buz Groshong » Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:47 pm

It has been brought up here before. See the 5th post on

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by jbetoo » Fri Jul 06, 2007 4:20 pm

I did Coto in mid-June and didn´t have a guide. I hooked up with a Danish climber at the hut and reached the summit no problem. On the morning I wanted to leave from Quito, I approached a guide company that was also heading to the Cotopaxi that day and offered to pay him $15 each way to take met to the hut. Extra money for the guide and avoided the inflated prices some places try and charge.

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Cotopaxi "Guides"

by Drizzlepuss » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:03 pm

Based on our experience in January '07, if the "Park Rangers" see that you are a climber (can see your gear on your back or in your vehicle) when you enter the park, the rangers will tell you that you need a "guide". We'd been warned this would happen...

But it just so happens that there will also probably be a park-approved "guide" waiting there at the entrance who will take you into the park for something like $40(?). He'll be a "naturalist guide" and he'll point out the wild horses, flowers and trees as he drives you to the hut (almost). We climbed Cotopaxi without a mountain guide, AND I can tell you all about the local flora and fauna of Cotopaxi National Park.

If you need or want a real guide, make arrangements with Moggely before you go. If you don't need a guide, welcome to South America. :)
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by summiter » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:13 pm

Unless things have changed in the last year, I have never needed a guide nor known anyone who has needed a guide in the park. Could be that you do now, but it sounds like a ploy for money to me..

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by Drizzlepuss » Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:48 pm

Routefinding wasn't a problem -- boot track all the way (with perfect weather).

If you haven't already checked it out, read this We had a great trip!

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by Haliku » Tue Jul 10, 2007 4:05 pm

bird wrote:Thanks Drizz.
How was the route finding on Cotopaxi without a guide?

Was on Coto a few days ago. Crap weather--wind, clouds, sleet and snow. Had whiteout conditions on the way back--GPS was handy. Never even saw the crater. The route was pretty straight forward. I´ll PM more details when I get time. Off to Cayambe now. Cheers!

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