What is the success rate for Cotopaxi?
According to statistics from Ecuador, the success rate of summit attempts on Cotopaxi is about 70% for those with ice experience prior to their summit attempt and only 30-50% for those without. The success rate for non-experienced people in difficult weather and ice conditions is only 0-10%. With the training and acclimatisation provided on this trip, the success rate is high and is mainly determined by the weather.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
Is altitude a problem?
This trip goes to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Although rare, a number of medical conditions can also reduce your body’s ability to acclimatise, and thus will affect your performance at altitude and make you more susceptible to AMS. If you are worried about any pre-existing condition (e.g. heart problems), or unsure of your physical ability, we recommend that you seek medical advice prior to booking.
Dan Cockburn - Product Manager
Do I need specialist equipment for Cotopaxi?
For the Cotopaxi climb, plastic boots are highly recommended (these can be hired in Quito if necessary, see below), hat, gloves, full windproof and waterproof, full warm clothing, sunglasses suitable for glacier use, 50 litre rucksack, ice-axe and crampons, harness, gaiters. Ice-axe, crampons, harness and gaiters can also be hired in Quito - local prices below:
Equipment hire prices (US$/day). Equipment hire should be pre-booked but it will be paid for locally after arrival.
Sleeping pad 2, Thermarest 3, Boots 4, Rope 2.50, Jacket / Anorak 3, Crampons 3, Glacier Glasses 3, Harness 2, Mittens 2, Axe 2, Gaiters 2, Sleeping Bag 4, Polar Jacket 2, Polar trousers 2, Carabiner 0.50, Helmet 2, Head Lamps 3
Tim Fearn - Product Manager
I'm travelling via the US, do I need a visa?
Most clients are eligible to travel via the US under the US Visa Waiver Programme, however to do this you must register for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). This must be done prior to departure - more details can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa.
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
Do I take dollars to Ecuador?
Since US dollar is the official currency of Ecuador it is definitely the best option to go for. Sterling. although not necessarily very difficult to change. may incur a poor exchange rate. ATMs are becoming more common but you shouldn't rely on them 100% in case there are any problems. Exchanging travellers cheques could be a pretty time consuming operation.
Obtaining change for larger denomination banknotes (US$100 and US$50) can be very difficult, and in many cases they may not even be accepted (especially $100 notes) so our suggestion is not to bring them with you at all. You may find it strange but people in Ecuador (and other South American countries) could be a bit fussy about the condition of banknotes and may not be happy to accept a torn or heavily used note (the higher denomination, the more likely it is).
If flying to the Galapagos you will be asked to pay $110 in cash to cover for the immigration control card ($10) and Galapagos tax ($100). If you are sailing on the Cacholote, you will actually only need some money for alcoholic drinks on board (soft drinks $1.50, beer $2, cocktails $3-6), gratuities and souvenirs. You will need to take a bit more cash with you if you want to hire snorkelling equipment or a wetsuit on the boat. Cards or travellers cheques are not accepted on board the yacht and ATMs in the Galapagos are very limited.
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
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