For the best views of the Pichincha volcano (dormant) and the city of Quito, jump on the Teleferico gondola, one of the highest-rising gondolas, taking visitors almost 1,000 ft to the top. For those who can still handle a bit more adventure, there are many hiking trails for exploring the heights or the volcano itself, as well as horse riding options. And for those with children, before you head up take some time to visit the amusement park at the bottom of the gondola lift. Situated in the iconic Andes mountains, the spectacular nature park called Cotopaxi National Park is where you will find Ecuador’s tallest active volcanoes in the world, and the second-highest peak in the country, at over 19,000 ft. Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire with its volcano neighbors, this volcano rewards you with its real-life postcard scene of a perfect cone-shaped, snow-capped volcano that features one of the few glaciers on the equator. To experience the views you can join a tour group to hike together, around the lake, up to the snow line refuge, or even to trek further up to the glacier. And for an exciting route down consider the mountain biking trails for some downhill fun.
From Quito along Volcanoes road!
Vacation in Quito