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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands: Avenue of the Volcanoes

The aptly named Avenue of the Volcanoes is flanked by eight dizzyingly-high snow-mantled mountains striding south of Quito down the Andean spine. It passes through a valley rich with a landscape of dense forest and tiny fields plastering impossibly steep slopes. Dotted around is a mix of deeply traditional indigenous and colonial settlements with horticultural and artisan markets and cottage industries. There’s also a clutch of old estates gifted to conquistadores where the grandiose buildings are now countryside hotels. This is supreme hiking country, with trails leading to craters harbouring turquoise volcanic lakes, usually with views of the biggest peaks, Chimborazo and Cotopaxi.

Our holidays to Avenue of the Volcanoes

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Ecuadorian Andes

Active Ecuador: Andean hikes and Cotopaxi volcano

9 days from £3200pp

Bartolome Island

Value Ecuador and Galapagos: At a glance

8 days from £1996pp

Albatross

Albatross: Ecuador's highlands and Galápagos

16 days from £4427pp

Blue Footed Boobies

Signature Ecuador and Galapagos: Volcanoes to the ocean

16 days from £6788pp

Things to do in Avenue of the Volcanoes

Market

Visit a traditional Andean market

Quilotoa loop

Hike the Quilotoa Loop


Cotopaxi volcano

Visit Cotopaxi National Park

Ride the Devil

Ride the Devil's Nose railway

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What our experts say

One of my favourite outdoor experiences in Ecuador's Andean region was an exploration of the Quilotoa  crater lake created by an exploding volcano thousands of years ago.  It’s a large extinct volcano filled by an emerald-green lake. The top of the crater stands at 3,480m from where there are extensive mountain views on a clear day. I walked down to the lake itself (40 mins; steep and slippery on a rainy day).The payback is that it takes 2 hrs to walk back up, a bit more challenging due to the altitude! However there are mules for hire to carry you back up to the rim which you can circumnavigate if you like... 

Lina

Lina Fuller

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