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Driving the aptly named Route of the Volcanoes between Quito and the small town of Baños, you will pass 5 immense volcanoes, each taller than 15,500 feet.  Looming over the town of Baños is the threatening and active Volcan Tungurahua, which means 'little hell' in the local indigenous language. This volcano fuels the natural hot springs around town as well as a healthy industry of massages, steam baths, and mud facials.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 19:20

Highlands and Laguna Quilotoa

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800 years ago, one of Ecuador’s many volcanoes blew its top in a devastating explosion that spewed lava all the way to the Pacific ocean over 100 miles away. It left behind a spectacular crater lake that is now surrounded by small indigenous villages, very high altitude farms, and some of the prettiest countryside in Ecuador.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 19:20

Quito, Ecuador - First Impressions

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Quito, Ecuador often leaves tourists literally breathless.  Quito's blustery foggy nights and ring of towering mountains can also almost make you forget that you're only 25 miles from the equator.  Going from sea level to Quito (10,000 feet) can make wandering the city a little rough on the lungs.  If you take it easy though, there are lots of wonderful sites not-to-miss in this high-altitude capital.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 May 2010 19:19

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