Evan's Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia

Jeff Waugh
The "Tiger Scorpions" of Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi and the Tiger Scorpions

The only reason we went to Cotopaxi
was to look for "tiger scorpions"

When we went for a walk in the garden at La Cienega we met a pet deer. I got to pet him. Then we tried to get eucalyptus nuts in my hat. I won! Then at dinner time the lights went out and I invented a wax stick for a light!
On the way up to Cotopaxi the jeep stopped working. Daddy had to roll it backwards downhill to start it. Then we found some tiger scorpions under a rock. Then we caught a yellow-bellied lizard. Afterwards, we drove a long way to see Tungurahua Volcano erupting. WOW!
We had a long, long ride back to Quito. We stopped at a fruit stand to buy a coconut. The coconut milk was delicious! For lunch we stopped at La Cienega. I had some popcorn as an appetizer. When we got into Quito it rained hard, hailed and lightninged. Throwing eucalyptus nuts into my hat...


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School Notes...
Cotopaxi National Park is located 60 miles (80 kilometers) south of Quito (the capital of Ecuador). Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world with a height of just over 19,000 feet (6,000 meters). Cotopaxi is only one of many active volcanoes along the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Guagua Pichincha and Tungurahua volcanoes in Ecuador were both erupting in 2000. The volcanoes of the Andes Mountains make up the South American portion of the "Ring of Fire" that surrounds the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Ocean plate is moving underneath the South American continent. As the plate slides below the Andes it is heated by the earth's core and rushes back up through the crust causing volcanic eruptions and earthquakes on a regular basis. Map of South America