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Cayambe (volcano)


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Cayambe (or Volcan Cayambe) is the name of a volcano located in the Cordillera Oriental, a branch of the Ecuadorian Andes. It is located in Pichincha province some 70 km northeast of Quito. It is the third highest mountain in Ecuador.

Cayambe, which has a permanent snow cap, is a Holocene compound volcano which has not erupted in historical times. At 4,690 m  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 is located within the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve.

The town of Cayambe takes its name from the volcano.

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

See also

List of volcanoes in Ecuador

External links and references

Global Volcanism Program

Cayambe, Instituto Geofisico de la Escuela Politecnica Nacional

Cayambe: Etymology

Photographs of the Andes

Climbing Trip Report

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