I was in Ecuador for roughly 2 weeks visiting a friend. We climbed Cotopaxi on Thanksgiving Nov 27 2014. One of our main goals was to attempt to climb Cotopaxi. We arrived in Lata Cunga without a guide or an outfitter. We passed many different guide companies on our way around town. We passed tierra zero after leaving our hostel and decided to stop in to see how they were outfitted. They exuded confidence in their product from the moment we walked in and were very accommodating to us. We set up the climb for the following day.
We left for the climb at around 3:00 pm, arrived at the campsite, ate food provided by them and crashed for a few hours. We woke up at 10 pm and drove to the parking area where we began the climb. We had 3 guides between the 5 of us. A very safe number!! Our guides were Fausto, Fransisco and Raul. Between the 3 of them there was 45 years of experience climbing just Cotopaxi! Fransisco had climbed the mountain 1000 + times over the years. Incredible.
The guides pushed us to keep a good pace, they know the mountain like the back of their hand so I was confident that they knew the best pace. If we were hurting or tired, they would stop to let us rest. But they worked hard for us to make it to the summit at a good time so we would be able to descend safely as well. After 6 hours of climbing we summited the mountain. The guides were incredible, and were so excited for us to make it. Fransisco gave me a huge hug at the top! It was neat to be so cared for by a group of guides when we were on the mountain. I felt completely safe too.
The gear they provided fit great and was in fantastic condition. I was absolutely amazed at their prices too!! 2-3 times cheaper than outfitters in Quito and cheaper than anybody else around! But the best part, they didn’t sacrifice anything with their lower prices. Incredible price for such an incredible experience. I plan on returning to Ecuador to climb other peaks. I will for sure be using Tierra Zero Adventures again!!!!
Thank you Tierra Zero!!!!!
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