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Avenue of the Volcanoes

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South of Quito, two parallel mountain ranges run from north to south along a 124-mile (200-km) route where more than a dozen of Ecuador’s volcanoes are found. German explorer Alexander von Humboldt called it the Avenue of the Volcanoes in the 18th century, and aptly so. Eight of the 10 highest points in Ecuador are found here. The volcanoes — some active, some dormant — are each unique.

Traveling through the Avenue of the Volcanoes provides wonderful views of the countryside and the opportunity to visit tiny villages high in the Andes and shop at local markets. Deer, llama, Andean fox and puma, and 90 species of birds all call this region home.

Along the way, there are some of the finest outdoor adventures anywhere, including horseback riding, biking, and hiking through mountains, valleys and around volcano craters. Hiking around the lakes in the region is also a beautiful way to see the area.

The impressive volcanoes passed on the route include Cotopaxi, a snow-capped cone, which at a height of 19,347 feet (5,897 meters) is one of Ecuador's most-recognizable volcanoes. The summit of Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain, is the furthest point from the center of the earth. Many of the giant volcanoes in this region have a national park named after them, including Sangay, Chimborazo, Llanganates, Cotopaxi and Cayambe Coca.

The 1.87-mile (3-km) -wide lake at Quilotoa has a distinctive greenish color, and the small town at the summit is worth visiting. Cayambe is considered the highest point on the equator and is also the only point on the equator to have permanent snow cover. The volcano Tungurahua has been active recently, with several eruptions producing large clouds of ash.

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Hiking Day-Trip to Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito

Hiking Day-Trip to Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito

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Hike to the spectacular Quilotao Lagoon on a full-day, guided hiking trip from Quito that includes transport, a market visit, and lunch at a local restaurant. You’ll encounter vibrant Andean cultures, trek into a collapsed volcanic caldera, and visit a mountain village known for traditional artwork. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people for personal service from the guides.
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  • 8 hours
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2-Day Cotopaxi National Park and Quilotoa Lagoon

2-Day Cotopaxi National Park and Quilotoa Lagoon

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Designed to delight lovers of natural landscapes, this 2-day tour from Quito transports you to two of Ecuador’s natural highlights, Cotopaxi National Park and the Quilotoa Lagoon. Travel with ease through volcanic landscapes, hike to the summit of the Cotopaxi Volcano, go downhill bike riding, and visit the indigenous markets of Saquisili and Pujili. Plus, you’ll trek to the shores of the Quilotoa Lagoon. One night accommodation, four meals, and all activities are included on this tour, which requires a good level of fitness.
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  • 2 days
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Quito to Cuenca through the Andes 5-day tour

Quito to Cuenca through the Andes 5-day tour

The Avenue of the Volcanoes from Quito towards Cuenca is an unforgettable adventure that you can’t miss if you travel to Ecuador. On this tour you’ll enjoy the highlights of the Andes. Mountain slopes in different shades of green and gold give way to snow-capped peaks.
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  • 5 days
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Volcán Carihuayrazo + Laguna Congelada + Trekking + una Atracción Imperdible

Volcán Carihuayrazo + Laguna Congelada + Trekking + una Atracción Imperdible

RUTA LAGUNA CONGELADA CARIHAUIRAZO En este tour realizaremos una caminata, por una de las rutas más hermosas del país en donde podremos observar varios nevados y volcanes como el Chimborazo, Carihuairazo y el Tungurahua, además encontraremos varios lagos en el trayecto, como también varios grupos de vicuñas que nos acompañaran durante el trayecto a la laguna congelada del Carihauirazo, la caminata tiene un tiempo aproximado de 3 horas
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  • 10 hours
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4 Days Train Of Wonder Across The Highlands

4 Days Train Of Wonder Across The Highlands

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A magnificent travel from the Andes to the coast, passing by the Chimbrazo, the Chanchan river canyon and the tropical plantations. Riding through the diverse landscapes of Ecuador in two luxury cars, designed in two different styles: one Colonial and the other Republican. Equipped with a car bar, an open air terrace, lounges and a gift shop you won`t miss anything out. For the night you will be accommodated in the best hotels. Meals will be served in the train as well as in our excursion, when you will have the chance to explore the stunning nature.
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Cotopaxi Half Day Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off -

Cotopaxi Half Day Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off - "Small Group"

Go through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, one of the most photographed landscapes in Ecuador, the Cotopaxi Volcano. We will arrive at the foot of the impressive active "Cotopaxi" volcano, the highest and most active in the world, which had the last activity in 2015. If the weather permits, we can appreciate the glacier, its white color that embellishes the colossus and will leave us breathless, due to its almost perfect conical shape is considered the twin of Mount Fuji in Japan. Visit the Museum Park, the Limpiopungo Lagoon and through an interesting hike will reach the forest of chuquirahuas to 4200 meters. (if the weather permits).
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  • 5 hours
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Full-Day Private Tour to Quilotoa Lagoon

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Full-Day Private Tour to Quilotoa Lagoon

- Private service makes the experience more flexible and you can personalize some activities according to your needs and requests - Pick up time is flexible, so you can choose the appropriate time to depart from Quito in the morning ( contact us for suggestions) - Our company provide bilingual certified guides with more than 5 years of experience - The company provides its own vehicles which are relatively new and in good conditions - We offer a free hotel pick up and drop off in Quito - Our company has more than 10 years in the market which in guarantee a professional service
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  • 8 hours
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Should I book Avenue of the Volcanoes tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Avenue of the Volcanoes can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 7 Avenue of the Volcanoes tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Avenue of the Volcanoes 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Avenue of the Volcanoes costs USD 30.00. Guided Avenue of the Volcanoes tours start around USD 30.00 per person. See all 7 Avenue of the Volcanoes tickets and tours on Viator.
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