In the mythical Andean side of Ecuador there are volcanoes that are more than 5,000 meters high and are permanently covered with snow and glaciers. Of all the South American countries crossed by the Andes mountain range, Ecuador offers a variety of attractions for mountaineering in any of its forms.
In this region is lacated the volcanoes avenue, standing out the majesty of the Imbabura the Cayambe the Cotacachi, the Pichincha, the Antisana, the Atacazo, the Rumiñahui, the Heart, the Cotopaxi, the Ilinizas, the Chimborazo, the Tungurahua, the Altar, the Sangay, among others. It is worth mentioning that four million Ecuadorians live in the area of influence of active volcanoes, is one of the largest concentrations of population worldwide.
Alexander Von Humboldt explored the Ecuadorian Andes and its valleys in 1802. He called them the "Avenue of the Volcanoes". He believed that he had reached the highest point in the world when he tried to climb the Chimborazo volcano (6268 masl), since the Himalayas were still unknown in Europe at that time. If measured from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo peak is in fact the furthest point from the surface of the planet (because the Earth is wider in the Tropics).
Regarding culture, the Andean and Amazon peoples have a worldview according to which human beings live in equality and balance with nature, they consider that everything has a spirit and an energy that allow a harmonious coexistence with each other. For Ecuadorians religious and profane festivities are very important, several of them are celebrated in the Highland region, which allow to maintain the ancient traditions.
About 14 km to the north of Zumbahua, is this beautiful lagoon which sits in the volcano crater in the Chugchilán mountain range, its waters are characterized by a strong mineralization that prevents the life of fish and birds. Its route lasts about five hours around its cráter.
Capital city of the Chimborazo province, it is located at 188 km to the south of Quito, is also known as the Sultána de los Andes, because it is surrounded by snow-capped mountains that seem to form a great crown
Regarding its history, in 1534 Sebastian de Benalcázar baptized it with the name of Santiago de Quito in the Liribamba plain, which means that for several researchers, in here was the first foundation of the city of Quito.
Because of its traditional parks and streets, all together with the imposing buildings architecture and neoclassical monuments was declared Cultural Heritage of Ecuador.
Capital city of the Tungurahua province, known as the land of flowers and fruits or as the land of the 3 Juanes for being the birthplace of the famous writers Juan Montalvo, Juan León Mera and Juan Benigno Vela. Among its attractions are: the San Francisco Cathedral, Santo Domingo and La Merced churches.
Boliche Recreational Area
It is located next to the Cotopaxi National Park, is known for its plantation of pines and cypresses covering about 200 hectares. Next to this area is the railway station "El Boliche"
Bosque Protector Cashca Totoras
Located at 100 km from Santiago in Santa Rosa de Totoras canton San Miguel, it has 6537 hectares of Protective Forest, its name is due to the cashca tree and the community where it sits.