Pichincha is a volcano that sits conveniently at the edge of Quito. A teleferico lets you ride halfway up in comfort — after that, the hiking gets progressively more difficult. The views are absolutely stunning, though, and well worth the effort!

Just take a taxi to the teleferico. Bring warm gear if you want to hike — including gloves, hat, and fleece. It gets quite chilly. The only other things you’ll need are snacks, plenty of water, and a camera.


Lauren Haas is a nomadic freelance writer. She has been traveling the world, living out of a backpack, since May of 2013. Lauren has written regularly for CBS Local, WebPsychology, Hipmunk, and Hotelplanner, and has also been published in The Culture-ist, Matador, and other online and print publications.

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