Ecuador boasts more than 70 volcanoes running from the top to the bottom of the country alongside the Andes mountain range, and reaching 500 miles off the coast to the Galapagos Islands. The Avenue of Volcanoes has eight of the highest peaks in the country, including active volcanoes that are still erupting to this day.
Each year, thousands of climbers descend on the small nation to climb the peaks in search of reaching new heights. Others come to find solace in the peaceful lookouts overlooking the majestic giants. Tailor-made trips in Ecuador to the volcanoes and peaks can be arranged through Happy Gringo Travel.
The culture of the country is seemingly defined by its volcanoes; folklore tells of creation myths of the high mountains with tales of suitors fighting over a mate. When the dust settled, the resulting couple gave birth to another volcano in the succession that criss-crosses the country.
While far from a complete list, and far from a technical guide to be used for summiting Ecuador’s peaks, here are four volcanoes that draw people from far and wide to visit during their time in Ecuador.