Ecuador's 5897-metre Cotopaxi sits above the clouds.

Climb of reckoning

Dugald Jellie flirted with Cotopaxi long ago; now he's back to finish his business with the world's highest active volcano.

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Ecuador

Ageless wonders

In the Ecuador's peaceful southern valleys, Steve McKenna searches for the secrets of a long, healthy life.

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Hot spot ... Cotopaxi, the world's tallest active volcano.

Where there's smoke ...

On Ecuador's high-altitude trail to an active volcano, Lydia Bell feels the ghostly presence of a majestic Inca past.

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