10 Highest 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)
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.
Altitude: 5897 m
Location: Cotopaxi Province.
To the Southeast of Rucu Pichincha. Presented a little activity 2 years ago.
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.
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.
Altitude: 5319 m
Location: Chimborazo Province. Extinct volcano also known as Kapak Urku. It is part of the Sangay National Park.
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.
7 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.
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.
Altitude: 5018 m
Location: Chimborazo Province. It is a volcanic caldera, part of the Chimborazo Fauna Production Reserve.