The Volcanoes of Ecuador
The smallest of the Andean countries, Ecuador has an extremely rich diversity of culture and geography. From the Pacific coast the land rises sharply to the high central region, lined with two north-south rows of volcanoes, giving it the name of “The Avenue of the Volcanoes,” before dramatically dropping off to the east into the Amazon Basin. The rugged landscape has resulted in the development of regional cultures over the centuries and the traditional clothing of their region often readily identifies indigenous people.
The Mountain Trip Difference
Our trips begin in the capital of Quito and are designed to provide you with an opportunity to climb glaciated peaks and also experience the rich cultural traditions of this fascinating country. Four of the most iconic volcanoes in the Andes — Antisana (18,714 ft.), Cayambe (18,997 ft.), Cotopaxi (19,348 ft.) and Chimborazo (20,703 ft.), are also the highest in the country. Each provides a great option for climbers looking to acquire high altitude climbing experience. The peaks we will attempt is often based on a combination of team preference (it’s YOUR trip!), as well as current route conditions at the time of our expedition.
All of these peaks are appropriate for fit, enthusiastic, novice climbers, but also provide plenty of challenge for experienced mountaineers. We offer two programs that build both climbing skills and acclimatization over a period of less than two weeks while we climb one or two of these stunning peaks.