Jul 16, 2012
Just a heads up to anyone interested in climbing Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. There is a new regulation being enforced at Chimborazo. ALL climbing parties must be accompanied by licensed guides. This regulation has always been in place from what i understand but they are now taking it very seriously and enforcing it after a few accidents that occurred in the last couple months. From what i have been told a 20 goes a long way if your trying to bribe your way in. Else you can just say your going to stay up at the Whymper Refugio for acclimatization and not climbing. I doubt anyone will say anything to you at 11pm when your preparing for your ascent.
Cotopaxi also requires a guide from what i can tell but it was very easy to bypass and we were not hassled about it at the refugio.
Good luck and be safe out there,
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