Cayambe (volcano)

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Cayambe
Volcan Cayambe.JPG
Elevation 5,790 m (18,996 ft)
Prominence 2,075 m (6,808 ft)
Listing Ultra
Location
Location Pichincha, Ecuador
Range Andes
Coordinates 0.029°0′0″N 77.986°0′0″W / 0.02900°N 77.98600°W / 0.02900; -77.98600Coordinates: 0.029°0′0″N 77.986°0′0″W / 0.02900°N 77.98600°W / 0.02900; -77.98600
Geology
Type Compound volcano
Volcanic arc/belt North Volcanic Zone
Last eruption 1785 to 1786
Climbing
First ascent 1880 by Edward Whymper
Easiest route rock/snow climb

Cayambe (or Volcán Cayambe) is the name of a volcano located in the Cordillera Central, a range of the Ecuadorian Andes. It is located in Pichincha province some 70 km (43 mi) northeast of Quito. It is the third highest mountain in Ecuador.

Cayambe, which has a permanent snow cap, is a Holocene compound volcano which last erupted in March 1786.[1] At 4,690 m (15,387 ft) on its south slope is the highest point in the world crossed by the Equator and the only point on the Equator with snow cover. The volcano and most of its slopes are within the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve.

Cayambe was first climbed by British adventurer Edward Whymper and his two Italian guides and companions Juan Antonio and Luis Carrel in 1880, and it is a favourite of mountain climbers today.

Cayambe Volcano

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