Mainland Ecuador is not often at the top of many travelers’ South American bucket list. Images of Ecuador usually conjure up the blue azure waters off the Galapagos Islands, teeming with unique wildlife and eco-adventurists with cameras in hand. But while the Galapagos are certainly a natural wonder of the world, mainland Ecuador - specifically its ‘volcano alley’ - deserves the attention of any active traveler. There are few places in the world that offer such easy access to the exhilarating experience of climbing a volcano - is some cases, ones that are still active! Quito, Ecuador’s capital city is a good base for trips to the 19,000-foot (5,800 meters) Cotopaxi volcano, about 30 miles south of the city, as well as others like Pichincha and Illiniza. On days when you’re not climbing, ‘trek’ to the famous Otavalo Market, about 50 miles north, where you can shop for woolen goods and other hand-made textiles and carvings, or just take in the colorful scene. Here are three reasons why you should consider a tour to mainland and its volcanoes:
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