Scaling the Ecuadorean Andes
Edgar Vaca (http://edgarguide63.webs.com) is an experienced certified guide who has reached the summit of Mt Cotopaxi more than 100 times. You can contract him for a full package to guide you to all the above peaks. Ruta Cero (www.rutaceroadventuretravel.com) is a tour operator that specialises in adventure sports. It organises weekly outings, packages that include several hikes and can also provide private guides. Fabian Zurita (www.airelibre.net.ec), Ecuador's oldest mountaineer at age 76, organises weekly outings. He is still incredibly fit and knows the country's mountains extremely well, as does Marco Cruz (www.expediciones-andinas.com), another veteran at age 65, who offers tours and packages to all destinations.
Irene Caselli covers Ecuador for the BBC and is based in Quito.