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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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Bartolome Island

Value Ecuador and Galapagos: At a glance

8 days from £1996pp


Picaflor: Ecuador on track

10 days from £2727pp


Albatross: Ecuador's highlands and Galápagos

16 days from £4427pp

Weavers in Cuenca

Signature Ecuador: Volcanoes to the ocean

10 days from £2782pp

Things to do in Avenue of the Volcanoes

Chimbirazo hike

Chimborazo volcano adventure

Ride the Devil

Ride the Devil's Nose railway

Cotopaxi volcano

Visit Cotopaxi National Park


Visit a traditional Andean market

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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 Fuller

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