10 Highest Mountains in Ecuador

Mountains in Ecuador
Mountains in Ecuador

Humboldt once said: “Ecuadorians are rare and unique beings: they sleep peacefully in the midst of crisp volcanoes, they live poor in the midst of incomparable riches and they rejoice with sad music” (Mountains)

1.- CHIMBORAZO

Altitude: 6268 m
Location: Chimborazo Province. It is an inactive volcano and is the highest mountain in Ecuador and the world if measured from the center of the Earth. It beat Everest with 8848 m.

Mountains in Ecuador

2.- COTOPAXI

Altitude: 5897 m
Location: Cotopaxi Province.
To the Southeast of Rucu Pichincha. Presented a little activity 2 years ago.

Mountains in Ecuador

3.- CAYAMBE

Altitude: 5790 m
Location: Pichincha Province.
To the Northeast of Rucu Pichincha. It is a volcano that erupted 230 years ago and several months ago it returned to present slight activity. It is said to be one of the most difficult volcanoes to climb.

Mountains in Ecuador4.- ANTISANA

Altitude: 5704 m
It is located between the provinces of Napo and Pichincha. It is located between the volcanoes of Cotopaxi, Chacana, Cayambe, Reventador and Sumaco. Its glacier lost at least 36% of its original mass in the last 50 years. The melting of its glacial hull and the páramos located around the volcano are one of the most important sources of drinking water for the city of Quito.

5.- ALTAR

Altitude: 5319 m
Location: Chimborazo Province. Extinct volcano also known as Kapak Urku. It is part of the Sangay National Park.

Mountains in Ecuador6.- SANGAY

Altitude: 5300 m
Location: Province Morona Santiago. It is the most active volcano in Ecuador, erupting since 1934 and protected under the Sangay National Park.

Mountains in Ecuador7 y 8.- ILLINIZAS NORTE Y SUR

Altitude: 5248 m and 5126 m.
Location: Cotopaxi Province. Volcanoes part of the Ecological Reserve Los Ilinizas. They are twin mountains but one is harder to climb than the other.

9.- TUNGURAHUA

Altitude: 5023 m It is located on the border of the provinces of Chimborazo and Tungurahua.
The last eruption of the volcano began in 1992 and remains in eruption until today, July 14th, 2006, August 16th, 2006, May 28, 2008, April 26th, 2010, August 20th, 2012, the 1th February 2014 and the most recent on February 27th, 2016.

10.- CARIHUAIRAZO

Altitude: 5018 m
Location: Chimborazo Province. It is a volcanic caldera, part of the Chimborazo Fauna Production Reserve.


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