From the Galapagos Islands to the immensity of the Amazon, through the shores of the Pacific and the Andes, Ecuador is the only country to offer all the geography of south America in one place.
For tourists traveling by air, Quito is the main gateway to the Ecuadorian lands. Located at 2.800 meters on the highlands, the capital city stretches for 20 kilometers north-south at the foot of the magnificent Pichincha volcano, which had its last eruption in October 1999, releasing ash up to 20 kilometers altitude, Pichincha volcano is only one of the colossus that form the "Avenue of the Volcanoes", which stretches over 300 kilometers, in the heart of the country.
Ecuador offers a wide range of these volcanoes covered with snow and glaciers, some exceeding 5.000 meters of altitude. The country has 98 active and inactive volcanoes and of these 31 are potentially active and erupting and seven of have experienced one or more eruptions since the sixteenth century. this positions Ecuador among the 15 countries with more volcanoes on the planet.
The Cotopaxi volcano, is probably the best known colossus on the Avenue of the Volcanos, located just 30 miles outside of Quito, with almost 6000-meter- high visiting the volcano will be a breathtaking experience, the foothills of the volcano are inhabited by Ecuador’s original ethnic groups, which will also make this journey and enriching cultural opportunity.
Along Cotopaxi it is important to also mention:
Chimborazo: It is Ecuador's highest volcano; whose summit is at 6,268 m above sea level.
Cayambe: The largest and vastest colossus, whose building has an approximate volume of 195 km3 and an area near 350 km2.
Sangay: with approximately 2,500 meters from its base to its summit.
The area surrounding the volcanoes is home to many Andean plants, mainly Astern- and Gentian family. The wildlife consists among others of the Andean fox, puma, white-tailed deer, llamas, wild horses and over 90 species of birds.
The Avenue of the Volcanoes is also the seat of the old haciendas that still go back to the Spanish colonial era wick will complement your trip with activities such as hiking, trekking, nature watching, mountain climbing, horse riding and cycling. Also especially popular are the downhill mountain biking. In the deeper layers towards the jungle rafting and kayaking can also be practiced.
The Avenue of the Volcanoes, one more reason to know that all you need is Ecuador.