I booked a 2-day climbing tour to the top of the Cotopaxi with Julio Verne Travel.
Everything was well-organized and worked out great, a perfect experience.
After some reading, I decided to book the tour with Julio Verne, which is based in Riobamba. After some previous emails, I finalized the booking only one week before the tour and by email. The whole communication was easy, quick and professional.
Julio Verne provided a full equipment list of what they provide and what I need to bring.
In the evening before the tour I dropped by the store in Riobamba and checked the rental gear. Everything was in perfect condition and my sizes for shoes and cloth were available. The equipment was exactly as described previously and I didn't have to pay anything extra. At that moment I also signed a travel contract with the agency. All in all a very reliable and processional procedure.
The tour worked exactly as described on their homepage. There were no unpleasant surprises and everything was perfectly organized.
My guide, Patricio, made a great job. He had years of experience, a lot of knowledge about the landscape and history, and was good company. Before the ascent, he talked me through the whole plan. Then, during the ascent at night, he set the pace and made me arrive at 6 am at the summit, perfect timing for the sunrise. He was also very supportive explaining the handling of the equipment and made the whole tour a very save experience. Great work!
All in all, Julio Verne Travel provided a perfectly organized tour to the summit of the Cotopaxi. Organization was easy, the tour included everything that you might need in terms of equipment and food, and the guide did a perfect job. I can recommend the agency to everyone that plans a climbing tour to one of Ecuadors mountains.
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