To camp near the base of Cotopaxi, one of South America’s most renowned volcanoes, in OUR JEEP that WE DROVE THERE was surreal!
This was our highest camp yet, at 12,300 feet in elevation (3,750 meters). It was also our coldest camp, in large part because of the whipping wind. We had to get out all the layers we carry for the Andes. To add an extra twist, Eric was still acclimatizing from the Galapagos Islands at sea level and suffered from altitude sickness.
We feel so fortunate to have made it this far in our drive around the world. Some milestones, like reaching the equator, we don’t forget. We’re grateful Cotopaxi peeked its head out of clouds to greet us. Some visitors never get to see the full volcano because of cloud cover.
There are several camping opportunities for overlanders in this area, and the Tambopaxi Lodge parking lot is the most expensive at $45 USD/night. However, because we have a little one and it was so incredibly cold (at least for us), we appreciated the ability to take some of our meals inside the lodge, escaping from the temperature and wind.
We had a delay releasing this video. Eric’s four-year-old MacBook Pro is having a hard drive issue and couldn’t free up enough storage for editing another video. He’s been coaxing it along for a while. Thankfully, we had our U.S. trip coming up and were able to get a new computer in Seattle.
If we only had our YouTube earnings to rely on, it would take us 15 months to pay off the laptop. But our Patreon community supports us for exactly this reason. We appreciate all of you so much!
Speaking of the United States…I’m writing this from Colorado! It took more than 24 hours of travel and three flights to get from Lima to Seattle. It was long, but smooth. Last Sunday, we celebrated the life of Eric’s mom at her graveside. We were surrounded by loved ones, many of whom shared beautiful words about the impact Leticia had on their lives.
After taking care of final affairs in Seattle, we flew to Denver. This is normally our first stop in the U.S. because our Jeep Wrangler is stored here at my brother’s house. We got new tires (something we should’ve done last trip) and spent a wonderful few days with Caspian’s only cousin.
Now we are hitting the road! We have a big loop of the U.S. planned over the next two-and-a-half months. Since we are behind on YouTube, the best place to see our up-to-date travels is on Instagram.
Thanks for being part of our journey.