Heading towards Iliniza norte after a good rest day

The trip continues, after resting and reviewing several possibilities to continue enjoying the mountains the group decided to go to the Iliniza Norte, a mountain of 16,870 feet, an alpine climb. The Chimborazo option had to be discarded this time for several reasons, one of them being the safety of the whole group.

On our rest day we took the opportunity to get to know one more corner of Ecuador, the Quilotoa lagoon. The Quilotoa is a volcano filled with water in its crater of 3 kilometers (2 mi) in diameter at its edge that was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano followed by an eruption of VEI-6 approximately 800 years ago, which produced a pyroclastic flow and lahars (mudflows) that reached the Pacific Ocean, spewing volcanic ash all along the northern Andes.

We also enjoy a visit to the Toachi canyon, now from Chuquiragua lodge we prepare to climb to the Iliniza refuge. More news on our return.

Juliana Garcia

ASEGUIM/UIAGM Guide
Esguim Instructor
AIARE Instructor

IFMGA Board member

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