Baños & Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador
July 31, 2012
July 31, 2012
Baños (de Agua Santa) is a small city in the Andean highlands of Ecuador under the smoke of volcano Tungurahua. Its name, which is Spanish for “Baths (of sacred water),” comes from the famous hydrothermal springs in the area. It’s equally popular with foreigners as with Ecuadorians and is known as the adventure capital of Ecuador. The streets are lined with hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops and tour agents. Although it seems a bit touristy and artificial lots of people love it and it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s an important hub for outdoor sports and jungle tours. It is 3.5 hours from Quito and 2 hours from Riobamba.
Cotopaxi is a stratovolcano in the Andes Mountains, located about 28 km (17 mi) south of Quito, Ecuador,South America. It is the second highest summit in the country, reaching a height of 5,897 m (19,347 ft).
Cotopaxi has an almost symmetrical cone that rises from a highland plain of about 3,800 metres (12,500 ft), with a width at its base of about 23 kilometres (14 mi). It has one of the few equatorial glaciers in the world, which starts at the height of 5,000 metres (16,400 ft). The mountain is clearly visible on the skyline from Quito. It is part of the chain of volcanoes around the Pacific plate known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.
The volcano is the subject of 1855 and 1862 paintings by Frederic Edwin Church. It last erupted in 1940 or 1942.