Take a nature hike in Ecuador down and up the first and only volcano crater in the world to be occupied by inhabitants. Tour the diversity of birds and plants. The trek will invigorate you.
Trails that descend into the Pululahua crater take a half hour to trek down and another half hour to return.
Pululahua's cone collapsed into its own cauldron. The last eruption burst about 2400 years ago.
The name, Pululahua, means sorcery that causes a great degree of pain. The Tsachilas named it, indicating that its eruption must have triggered enormous damage.
The soil in Pululahua - rich from the ash - provides corn as the main staple, but wheat, potatoes and other vegetables also fill the crater. Sugar cane, coffee, lemons and oranges grow to the north. Fruits brought from Spain, such as pears, apples, grape and blackberry cultivate well here.
Warm and protected by the walls of the crater, the weather usually remains dry. During the rainy season, fog blankets the whole area.
Pululahua holds third place as one of the mega cinder boxes in the world, Yellowstone comes in first, with Gorongoro in Africa claiming second place.
El Crater rules as the restaurant on the volcano's edge. Barely a thirty-minute drive from Quito - eight minutes from Mitad del Mundo and the equator, include it in your tour of Ecuador for sure.
Probably the most popular among hikers, Cotopaxi heads the list on the whole avenue. Its only a delightful historic train ride away to be included in your adventure through Ecuador.
Between Banos and Guaranda sits Chimborazo and its refuge. Hiking around the refuge relaxes your mind while exercising your body.
Tungurahua, which means "throat of fire," explodes as the most dynamic at this time of the 61 lava hills - active and inactive - throughout this diverse country. Fifteen more sizzle or have fizzled out on the Galapagos.