A Condor's eye view
Crater lakes are inherently very interesting. Lacking any natural outlets, the waters in such a lake take on a beautiful turquoise color, thus making for a compelling photogenic scene, especially when juxtaposed to the mountain landscape all around. Visitors to the Crater Lake National Park in Oregon will agree that the vista from the rim of the crater looking down onto the lake is probably one of the best lakeviews one could ever get.
I had similar expectations going to the rim of the Quilotoa Lake in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. But my first glimpse of the lake was nothing more than of a dense fog hovering around the rim, denying me of any good views. But by next morning, when I set to hike around the 10 mile lake, the fog had all but burnt off, leaving behind such a spectacular scene that I never got tired off during the next 5 hours of circum-hiking the crater.
As I reached the highest spot on the trail, a lung-heaving 12841ft, I looked back at the way I climbed up and captured this view of the lake, the knife-edged rim and the rugged Andean landscape all around. It was one of those condor's eye views that is forever etched into my memory.
Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador