Latacunga is not that exciting in itself, but it is a good base for exploring the natural wonders in the area. In the day the street food and market is awesome, in the evening there was one place we could eat (most places close, I assume people eat at home) and all I could eat was plain rice and chips, for three nights.
First we went to lake Quilotoa, a high altitude crater lake. Very beautiful, hell of a walk into the crater and back but good training for the next day, and the skinniest dog that received all our lunch plus some meat that I bought from a restaurant that thought I was a crazy gringa.
The next day we went to Cotopaxi national park to have a climb of the volcano. You have to have the proper gear to reach the summit, so we only made it 5,600 metres. Still it was the highest we’ve ever been. This was an even harder walk but we did it alot quicker than a lot of people according to our guide (big whoop). Anyway, we reached the glacier at the top, walked around a lake and had a stroll through the general park. Despite being initially underwhelmed, probably due to the cloud, we loved it.
I also became addicted to Yo Me Llamo, an Ecuadorian TV show that is a cross between stars in their eyes and x factor. It’s awful and everyone watches it.