Volcanoes in Ecuador

The volcanoes in Ecuador in the Andes Mountains have become the newest tourist attraction of this country.


In this page you'll find a complete review of the most important Ecuador volcanoes that you can visit.

Ecuador, where the snowcapped peaks and green valleys of the Andes Mountains are stunningly beautiful... Now has a wonderful new attraction for tourists: volcano watching.

Tungurahua Volcano

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Tungurahua Volcano:

In recent times the Tungurahua, at 16,475 feet / 5,023 meters, has fascinated geologists, vulcanologists, nature lovers, tourists and residents with a spectacular display of eruption activity. (This is one of the Volcanoes in Ecuador in constant activity)

Snowcapped Tungurahua, 170 km. south of Quito and near the spa resort town of Banos, is a young cone-shaped, red-hot active stratovolcano.

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 its flanks.

Visitors can watch and photograph the fireworks from a safe distance at vantage spots on neighboring hills. Insuring the safety of visitors is our paramount concern. More About Tungurahua Volcano

Cayambe Volcano

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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, is not only the third highest mountain 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 crater-less domes, all blanketed by a single glacier.

The name comes from the word Cayambura which means Great Mountain of Ice in Kitwa, the native language, and it is also called "Great Mountain of the Boys".

The city of Cayambe, named after the volcano, is only forty miles north of Quito, about an hour's drive.

The Cayambe area is dedicated to agriculture, mainly to rose plantations, which are recognized as the best in the world.

Cayambe also bases its production in dairy cattle, which supply the milk for the industries in the area.

This city is famous for its traditional cheeses and biscuits, made of wheat flour and butter.

One of the touristic attractions in Cayambe is the traditional architecture of its buildings, some of them are: the temple of San Pedro de Cayambe, its Sunday Market, Puntiachil Museum.

Another important attraction is Quitoloma, where there are some large rocks that were used in the past for astronomic observation, and rituals or ceremonies.

Alongside the Panamerican highway, is a monument of the world marking the place where the equatorial line crosses it. Near Cayambe you can visit the villages of Ishigto, Guachala and El Tingo which has hot springs with curative properties.

The Fiestas in Cayambe take place in June with the participation of all its people in a big colorful party in honor to Saint Peter.

They organize parades and ceremonies which pay tribute to the sun in thanks for the harvest, and for the fertility of the Pacha Mama (Mother Earth). Read More About Cayambe City

There are also popular dancers and singers of Spanish coplas, who play some of the traditional instruments such as flutes, tundas, cuernos (horns) and churos (large sea shells).

From all the volcanoes in Ecuador, Cayambe is a very recommended stop when you are traveling from Quito to the Northern part of the country...

Cotopaxi Volcano

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Cotopaxi Volcano:

Located in the Andes mountains in central Ecuador, Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in Ecuador and 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 width of its crater from west to east has been estimated at more than 500 meters (1,650 feet) and the width from north to south at about 700meters (2,300 feet).

The perfectly formed snow-covered cone of Cotopaxi is 1,341 meters (4,400 feet.) high.

Surrounding Cotopaxi Volcano is the Cotopaxi National Park an ecological sanctuary of 36,000 hectares (88,920 acres), especially attractive for nature lovers, with the treeless vegetation of the Andean moorlands or paramo.

You may see herds of llamas and perhaps deer, rabbits, frogs and lizards. Bird life includes the Andean gull, ducks, several species of hummingbirds and with some luck, the Andean Condor

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

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Chimborazo Volcano:

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

It is located at the Province of Chimborazo in the central region of Ecuador. The summit of Chimborazo constitutes the furthest point from the center of the Earth because of the high elevation and the location of the mountain at the equator.

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

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