I can’t believe I’m leaving this country in less than 48 hours! I have really treasured my time here in Ecuador. By my estimate, I have been to 9 volcanoes during my two months’ here. Not bad! Volcanoes are what I came for, saw, and mostly conquered; although Cayambe remained out of my reach on this occasion. My plan on return is to complete the ‘1-2-3’: Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, and Cayambe. We’ll see how I get on!
My farewell-for-now to Ecuador is this portfolio on the volcanoes I’ve visited so far. They’re in order of the time visited between 16/10/15 and 14/12/15. I’ve also added stats particular to each volcano, based on the ‘Top Trumps’ model. Here we go! Explanations and references can be found at the bottom of the page.
|Wawa Pichincha in background (4,784 m).|
|Ruku Pichincha (4,969 m)|
|Iliniza Sur (5,248 m)|
|Iliniza Norte (5, 126 m)|
Notes: ‘Strength’ is based on eruption with largest VEI in historic activity (defined as since 1534, the year of Quito’s foundation. ‘Age’ is just a number, but is defined here by date of last confirmed eruption. ‘Fighting skills’ defined as volcano-tectonic behaviour particularly associated with that volcano, if there is any.
References: main sources are volcano.si.edu, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andean_Volcanic_Belt, www.volcanodiscovery.com, and www.summitpost.org.
Specifically interesting pages:
All that’s left to say is thank you so much if you have been reading along and supporting the journey. It’s really appreciated, and I love hearing back from people about the content or style, whether complimentary or critical. I love writing as a way to record my travels, and I hope this has encouraged someone to take that next step into adventure, whether that’s starting a journal or planning a next trip.
|Sun rising north of an erupting Cotopaxi, caught from path up to Iliniza Norte.|