Information about Main Mountains Ecuador

For those who have already climbed the mountains of Mexico and want to move to the next level, here we leave you a little information about some of the most important mountains in Ecuador and invite you to our expedition where we will conquer these summits. (Excursión Ecuador )


The Chimborazo with 6263.47 masl, is the volcano and the highest mountain in Ecuador and the point furthest from the center of the Earth, that is, the point closest to outer space, which is why it is called "the closest point to the Sun ", because the Earth's diameter at equatorial latitude is greater than that of Everest (approximately 28º north). Its last known eruption is believed to have occurred around 550 AD. It is located in The central Andes, 150 km southwest of Quito in the city of Riobamba

Measured from the center of the earth, its summit is the furthest point from it on the entire planet, exceeding the height of Everest by two kilometers.

the Cotopaxi is an active stratovolcano found in the Latacunga canton, Cotopaxi Province, Republic of Ecuador. With an elevation of 5897 masl, it is the second highest volcano in the country - being preceded by Chimborazo— and one of the highest active volcanoes in the world (the highest active volcano is Ojos del Salado on the border between Chile and Argentina ). It is located 33 km northeast of the city of Latacunga and 50 km south of Quito.

The Kichwa language assimilated words from the Chibcha language, Kutu according to contexts means: neck or goiter. In the southern skirt of the volcano there is a mound that can very well be like a kutu (preserve). Phaxi is a word from the Aymara language that means Moon, in Kichwa it is Killa. Therefore COTOPAXI means Moon Neck.

Iliniza or Illiniza It is a stratovolcano in Ecuador, located about 100 km southwest of Quito. Illiniza, a potentially active volcano, consists of two snow-capped peaks: Illiniza Sur (5.248 m) and Illiniza Norte (5.126 m). Most guides (eg Lonely Planet  Ecuador, Ecuador: A Climbing Guide) write the mountain with only an "l" as in Iliniza. Its name derives from the kunza words for "male hill".

While the  Illiniza Sur (the southern peak) is a more difficult ascent due to its glacial nature, the Illiniza Norte requires little or no climbing skills, and can be done in good weather as a hiking peak. the route has difficult I / PD steps and after a snowfall or cold nights, rope and / or crampons may eventually be needed.

The Illinizas are generally believed to be the best acclimatization mountains in  Ecuador, and are frequently used as a preparatory ascent for higher peaks such as Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo.

There is a rustic refuge located between the north and south peaks. It can be reached via a one-hour van trip from El Chaupi, followed by a three-hour climb. The refuge has a gas stove, pots and pans and bunk beds. Hot sleeping bags and food are required, but boiling water is available.

the Pasochoavolcano (4200 meters high) is an extinct caldera, located southeast of Quito that today is a wildlife sanctuary. It is part of the National System of Protected Areas within the category Wildlife Refuge with an extension of 500 hectares.

Due to the shape of the crater, a well-preserved Andean forest has been formed for years without human intervention; Today that forest is a habitat for a diverse variety of fauna and flora. In these forests there are more than 60 species of native trees and a great variety of birds such as the gallinazo and the condor.

In the Pasochoa paramo there is a great variety of animals, mostly mammals, such as foxes, skunks, wolves, cervicabras, and cougars. Small snakes and lizards are also found.

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This is not recommended for pregnant women, people with neck or back problems, people with haemophilia, asthma or epilepsy or for people with heart problems.