Tungurahua Volcano

Tungurahua means “throat of fire” in Quechua, Ecuador’s indigenous language. This volcano is 85 miles (135 km) southeast of Quito, and overlooks the town of Baños. It has an elevation of 16,480 feet (5,023 m).

Tungurahua Volcano is in Sangay National Park, and is part of Ecuador’s avenue of volcanoes in the Central Sierra. It erupted in 1999, and again in 2006 and 2014. It still spews ash on a regular basis. You can hike safely elsewhere in the park. Try hiking to the summit of an extinct volcano called El Altar – this is an advanced hike and requires that you be physically fit. Another option is to hitch a ride from Baños to the “Swing at the End of the Word.” For a small fee you can hop on a rope swing that hangs about 100 feet (30.5 m) above a canyon – from here you’ll have an unobstructed view of the volcano, and you can watch it erupting from a safe distance. It is attached to a tree house, which also serves as a lookout point for the volcano.

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