25 Mar 2018 (very near Volcán Cotopaxi, Ecuador): We’re staying at a beautiful hacienda near the Cotopaxi volcano (visible in the background — I think this was the only glimpse I got of it through the clouds). The altitude here is higher than Quito but not quite up to Cusco. In other words, it’s legit high up and there are definitely physical effects. Also, I’m still sick. I have a fever and stomach issues and a headache. Some of my symptoms are from the Baños bug and some are probably from altitude which I’m not medically treating because of the bug. I’m probably doing this wrong, and everyone here is giving me conflicting advice. ‘__’
We spend most of the day hanging around the hacienda, drinking tea, conversing with other travelers, and reading by the fireplace. It’s really really gorgeous here.