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The Avenue of the Volcanoes Travel Guide


The Avenue of the Volcanoes is an area that forms a classic route through the centre of Ecuador beginning south of Quito at the Cotopaxi National Park and ending in the quaint colonial city of Cuenca. Along the way you can expect to experience Ecuador’s most dramatic scenery with the towering volcanoes of Cotopaxi and Chimborazo, mountain lakes and patchwork hills dotted with indigenous villages. It is a fantastic area for hiking, horse riding, exploring local markets and staying in traditional haciendas. This journey can also be done by train on board the iconic Tren Crucero.

A journey down the spine of Ecuador, the Avenue of the Volcanoes is one of Latin America's most classic routes taken either overland or by train

Best months to visit The Avenue of the Volcanoes

The Avenue of Volcanoes can be visited at any time of year. It is drier, however, between September and November. Temperatures remain similar all year round. It gets much colder at night and particularly at higher altitudes.

Our hand-picked hotels in The Avenue of the Volcanoes

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a handful of our top picks for The Avenue of the Volcanoes.

Best reasons to visit The Avenue of the Volcanoes

The Avenue of Volcanoes is a spectacular journey and there are plenty of opportunities for adventure along the way. Here are our top highlights and experiences.

Mountain lakes and rural landscapes in Cotopaxi National Park

Indigenous villages of Saquisili, Pujili and Latacunga

Witness Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador’s highest peak

Go to Riobamba to ride the infamous Devil's Nose Train

Visit the Ingapirca Ruins, a former Inca fortress

Weather Averages for The Avenue of the Volcanoes

The Avenue of Volcanoes Weather Averages

Other destinations in Ecuador

Journey to the Galapagos, stay in a luxury resort on the Pacific coast or discover the cloud forest. Click the links below to find out more about our other destinations in Ecuador.

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