We left the Horizon's Unlimited Event in tow of two other motorcycle couples, all of them coincidentally from Melbourne, Australia, and also riding two-up on their bikes like us. It was somehow fateful and perfect that we had all met up at in the same country and at the same time.
Tim and I bought some alpaca sweaters because we realized that after traveling through the sweltering regions of Central America and Colombia, we were now going to be exchanging the heat for the cold, and needed some warmer gear. And it seems that in the Andes, alpaca wool is the way to go for warmth.
Yet we were determined to get a close-up view of the great Cotopaxi. So after spending an evening wild camping in a local farmer's grassy field, we took every back-road on Google in the area and were able to snap this partially clouded shot of the snowy peak of Cotopaxi:
Though Cotopaxi remained covered in clouds from that moment onward, for the rest of the day we followed this van on an incredible adventure down the backroads of Cotopaxi National Park, and found ourselves in canyons where condors fly and in flowering fields where wild horses roam. We even ended up in an old Spanish Hacienda which had Incan ruins and temples on its property, which was the first time Tim and I had seen Incan ruins.
Next we'll be facing our wheels towards Ecuador's Amazonia region before heading south toward Peru. Stay tuned.