Pasochoa

Duration: 1 day (daily)

Pasochoa (4.200 m – 13,779 ft) is an extinct volcano located in the Guayllabamba river basin in the Ecuadorean Andes, about 1 h drive south of Quito. The current mountain form is a collapsed crater with a semicircular shape. This structure emerged approximately 100 thousand years ago due to an eruption which destroyed the crater and occidental slope of the previous volcanic cone.
Lava and ash increased the fertility of the ground in the Pasochoa region, encouraging the growth of a vibrant forest ecosystem. The mountain has a wonderful variety of wildlife, including pumas, foxes, skunks, a very diverse collection of birds, and a wonderful collection of plants.