Volcano Watching

Volcano Watching in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is an experience that will last for a lifetime.


Tungurahua Volcano

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The Avenue of the Volcanoes, which follows the valleys between the eastern and western ranges of the Andes Mountains from Quito to Riobamba, is flanked by towering volcanoes.

These include the Cotopaxi volcano, at 5,897 meters the world's highest active volcano, and the Chimborazo volcano, at 6,310 meters Ecuador's highest volcano.

Tungurahua Volcano

At 5,023 meters, is currently fascinating geologists, vulcanologists, nature lovers, foreign visitors and residents with a spectacular display of eruption activity.

The volcano is located 170 kilometers south of Quito and near the spa resort town of Town of Banos in the Tungurahua province.

Is a young cone-shaped, red-hot volcano. Its medium intensity eruptions are replete with beaming lights, thundering blasts, bellowing clouds of vapor, sulfur ashes, streams of lava and incandescent rocks tumbling down on fields below.

We invite you to watch and photograph the fireworks from a safe distance at vantage spots on neighboring hills. The Tungurahua volcano started its eruptive process in 1999 providing a very unusual opportunity to see the dramatic forces of nature at work.

You should rest assured that the volcanic activity at Tungurahua is continuously monitored by international and Ecuadorian experts and government authorities and all segments of the travel industry including airlines, hotels and tour operators have contingency plans ready to go into effect if any unusual activity occurs. So volcano watching is still safe in this area.

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Cayambe Volcano

Cayambe, part of the volcanoes in Ecuador is a huge snowcapped volcano, at 5.790 meters (18.700 feet) above sea level.

It's not only the third highest volcano in Ecuador but also the third highest of the northern hemisphere of the American continent.

It lies right on the Equator and the imaginary line reaches its highest point at 4.600 meters (14.850 feet), just north of the crown, in its journey around the globe.

The summit is composed of three craterless domes, all blanketed by a single glacier.

Alongside the Panamerican highway, is a monument of the Middle of the World marking the place where the equatorial line crosses it.

Cayambe volcano is a very recommended stop when you are traveling from Quito to the City of Cayambe in Northern Ecuador.

Cotopaxi Volcano

Located in the Andes mountains in central Ecuador, Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world.

Cotopaxi which means "neck of the moon", rises from a valley about 2,750 meters (9,000 feet) above sea level to a height of 5,897 meters (19,347 feet) above sea level.

The first recorded eruption of the volcano was in 1534, at the time of the Spanish conquest, frightening both conquered and conquistadors alike. The last major eruption was in 1877.

Chimborazo Volcano

This Ecuador volcano is an extinct volcano, is the highest peak in Ecuador with an altitude of 6,267 meters over the sea level.

Chimborazo is ideal for mountaineering which is one of the many reasons it has gained popularity among foreign tourists.

Sierra Negra Volcano in Galapagos

This volcano located on Isabela Island has an altitude of 4,920-feet and erupted on October 25th 2007.

It is the largest and one of most active volcanoes in the Archipelago, with 12 known eruptions since 1813.

The Galapagos Islands are considered perfect for volcano watching because it is one of the most active volcanic areas in the world. So far there have been more than 50 eruptions in the last 200 years.

Other active Galapagos volcanoes are the ones on Fernandina Island and Cerro Azul volcano on Isabela Island.

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