Mount Chimborazo of Ecuador may be a dormant volcano, but its neighbors are anything but. In fact, the nearby Reventador volcano has erupted more than 25 times in the past 500 years.
In the northern Andes, towering mountains straddle the equator. The contrast between icy peaks and tropical forests has created one of the most diverse collection of creatures on the planet. Explore the northerly part of the world's longest mountain chain, from the breathless heights of the paramo to the dank world of the cloud forest to the dry forests in the foothills. Discover the unique species that call this land of extremes home, including poison frogs, spectacled bears, and nearly 150 different types of hummingbirds.
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