The Cotopaxi volcano has an elevation of 5.897msnm and is the second highest volcano in the country (preceded by Chimborazo) and one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. It is located 50 km south of Quito. Cotopaxi is one of the most beautiful snow-capped volcanoes in the Andes. In its surroundings are roads and spaces to enjoy the fullness of the Ecuadorian highlands.
Chimborazo, with its imposing 20,560 feet above the coastal lands on one side, and over the Amazon rainforest on the other, is the highest peak in Ecuador and the seventeenth highest in the world. The Chimborazo´s summit constitutes the farthest point of the terrestrial surface with respect to the center of the planet. The upper part of Mount Chimborazo is completely covered by glaciers, with arms to the northeast that descend to 4,600 meters above sea level. Its glacier is the source of water for the population of the Ecuadorian provinces of Bolivar and Chimborazo
The Cotopaxi National Park is a protected area of Ecuador located on the border of the provinces of Pichincha and Cotopaxi in Ecuador, which includes in its space the snowy Cotopaxi Volcano. The Cotopaxi National Park, where the volcano is located, is less than two hours away by car from the capital.Its beautiful fields are ideal for lovers of the outdoors and adventure, offering unlimited opportunities for climbing, trekking, horseback riding or just relaxing at one of the nearby farms.
Otavalo’s beauty lies in its people and surroundings, the Otavaleños and the towering volcanoes that surround the andean town.
The Otavalo Market, which makes this market town famous, is undoubtedly one of the most important and spectacular markets in all of Latin America. The Otavalo market is attractive to visitors for both its outstanding shopping and its cultural significance. Local people use market day much the way their ancestors did during Ecuador’s pre-Colombian history. The Otavalo market is a fascinating way to experience traditional Ecuadorian culture and the traditions of the Andes
The Mindo-Nambillo Protected Forest is a paradise for bird lovers because this privileged place has numerous ecosystems thanks to its altitudinal variation. Mindo is a perfect place to relax, walk and bird watch.
The Quilotoa lagoon is a Spectacular natural amphitheater located in the crater of the volcano Quilotoa, in whose center of 3 kilometers in diameter has formed a lagoon of blueish green shades. The spectacle from above, is an impressive natural viewpoint that allows the visitor to appreciate the majesty of the landscape from below, descending 280 meters, it is possible to see the irregular bubbles that emerge from the fumaroles of the volcano.
For your ascent you must reach the town of Zumbahua, from where you access the community of Quilotoa by bus, wich crosses the winding paths of the Andes, through the route known as the «Summit.»
The city of Baños de Agua Santa, located in the province of Tungurahua, is one of the most popular destinations for domestic and foreign tourists, due to its favorable climate and itsmany attractions, such as the Ruta de las Cascadas, its church, Adventure sports andits a privileged view of the Tungurahua volcano (which is in the process of eruption).
The monument to the Half of the World, located an hour from Quito, is a tribute to the French Geodesic Mission that visited the country in the 18th century to determine the shape of the Earth. When visiting this monument, you can set one foot in the northern hemisphere and another in the southern hemisphere, in addition to experimenting with phenomena that only takes place in full equinoctial line.
The Chapel of Man is an art museum, built in Quito, Ecuador from the initiative of the Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamin in homage to the human being. The Chapel of Man is a tribute where man is glorified in contrast to the 500 years of repression. Topics such as pain, tears, anger, tenderness, protest, dreams, violence, fighting, sacrifice, and the victory of the Latin American man are part of the master Guayasamín´s works that are exhibited here. The Chapel of Man was one of the greatest dreams of the artist. In 1989, Guayasamín presented this project to UNESCO and was cataloged as a historical work of contemporary culture and creativity. For Guayasamín, the construction of the Chapel is a response to his need to worship the human being, his people, and his identity. Address: Lorenzo Chávez EA18-143 and Mariano Calvache, esq. (Bellavista – El Batán) Quito – Ecuador.
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Travel by train through the landscapes of the Cordillera de los Andes, wich connectthe towns of Alausí and Sibambe through zigzag paths that make up one of the most complex routes in the world. Its highest point is the hill nicknamed the Nose of the Devil, where the train rails descend 80 meters practically vertically, due to an impressive work of engineering.
Its starting point lies in Alausí, a town that never fails to delight with its narrow cobbled streets, flowered balconies and quaint 19th century adobe houses. From there, the round trip takes approximately 2 and a half hours including a stop in the village of Sibambe, where you can enjoy the typical gastronomy of the Ecuadorian sierra or visit its small museum.