Fertile valleys, patchwork fields and soaring snow-capped volcanic peaks form a chain south of Quito along the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Venture into Cotopaxi National Park, home to the highest active volcano in the world, discover the emerald-green Quilotoa crater lake, stay at a historic hacienda and explore small villages with colourful weekly markets.
Further south is Riobamba, a lively trading town surrounded by volcanoes. From there, continue through fields and river gorges to picturesque Alausi for an exciting train ride along the switchbacks of the Devil’s Nose.
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Riobamba Located in southern Ecuador, Riobamba lies in a valley at the foot of the imposing Chimborazo volcano and is surrounded by mountain peaks. On a clear day it is possible to see the Tungurahua volcano to the north. Riobamba is a lively Andean trading town where many of the different ethnic groups of the Andes can be seen and where traditions such as historic music and dance are kept alive.
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