Avenue of Volcanoes

When to go

Jan-March

Ideal length

4 nights

Transfer time

1 hour flight from Patagonia

South of Quito lies a wild landscape strewn with active volcanoes and the National Parks of Cotapaxi and Chimborazo. Cotapaxi national park is dominated by Mount Cotapaxi, the highest active volcano in the world, soaring to 19,700ft. The park contains excellent flora and fauna with herds of llamas and deer, hummingbirds, and the elusive Andean condor, as well as scenic walking trails.

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN AVENUE OF VOLCANOES

SAQUISILI MARKET

This small but very important market town is famous for its Thursday market. The 7 plazas transform into a jungle of people and colours selling every animal, woven item and food produce imaginable. The market is a wonderful place to watch the local Indian population, wearing full traditional dress and felt hats, barter and socialise.

COTAPAXI NATIONAL PARK

Located 1 ½ hrs by vehicle south of Quito, the park contains a wide range of flora and fauna including; hummingbirds, the Andean lapwing, deer and llamas. Dominated by the Cotapaxi volcano (5,897m), this diverse park has a high plateau with lakes, whilst its lower slopes are covered in pine forest.

THE DEVIL'S NOSE

From the town of Riobamba you are able to take the train towards Cuenca. This exciting route, taking 7 hours to complete, passes around and through the surrounding valleys and mountains until it reaches the famous Devil’s Nose, where the steep descent is accomplished by a series of switchbacks. At the bottom you view the rock face in the shape of the Devil’s nose

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