Parque Nacional Sangay

Central Highlands

This 2710-sq-km national park contains three of Ecuador’s most magnificent volcanoes – the mightily active Sangay, the remittently active Tungurahua and the extinct El Altar. Because the park ranges from glaciated mountain tops to tropical rainforests, it offers flora, fauna and terrain of immense diversity. The two official park entrances (not always manned) are near the Hacienda Releche, the access point to El Altar, and just north of Pondoa, the access point for Tungurahua.

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1. Volcán Sangay

0.87 MILES

The perfect snow-covered cone of Volcán Sangay (5230m), some 40km to the northwest, can be glimpsed on a clear day. It’s Ecuador’s seventh-highest…

2. Volcán El Altar

22.91 MILES

Early risers may see the jagged white teeth of Volcán El Altar (5319m), the fifth-highest mountain in Ecuador, about 50km southwest. On clear days look…

3. Parque Recreacional

25.65 MILES

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4. Our Lady of Macas Cathedral

25.84 MILES

The cathedral announces itself with a Technicolor virgin, looming over a plaza resembling an elaborate skate park. Inside, a tranquil, column-free space…

5. Thursday Market

26.25 MILES

One of the most authentic markets in the central highlands is held on Thursdays in Guamote, with separate sections for vendors of horses and donkeys; pigs…