The gentle twin brother of the Illinizas volcanoes.
The Illiniza Norte is located in the ecological reserve “Los Illinizas”, 84 km from the capital of Ecuador. The reserve has subtropical forests, Andean forests and páramos (moor) with a considerable biodiversity. The reserve is the habitat of animals such as the tigrillos (is a small spotted cat), armadillos, a variety of birds such as the tanager, nuthatches and hummingbirds. The páramo wolf and white-tailed deer live in the páramos and highlands. We point out that none of these animals represents a danger to humans. The Ilinizas are two peaks of the same volcano, which over the course of 5,000 years has formed two separate peaks. The southern summit is higher and wider (5,263 m) and always snowy. This makes the climb more difficult than the climb to the north summit (5,126 m), which almost always remains without snow. The climb to both peaks is rewarded with a magnificent view. You reach the summit of Illiniza Norte in about 7 hours. The ascent can be done in one day. However, it is important that you are prepared for this height. Therefore, we recommend to acclimatizing for at least two days at a height of 3,000 m.
HIGH: 5.126 m
CHARACTERISTIC: Inactive volcano
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: BW-3
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