Ecuador's highest mountain is a beast.
If it doesn’t have soul, it's nothing. Compare Mitad del Mundo to the nearby Intinan Museum, and you’ll see my point.
No, there are no guinea pigs at Cuicocha, at least not that I could see. The name comes from the islands in the middle of this picturesque crater lake that look a bit like a pair of guinea pigs (Cuicocha is Kichwa for “guinea pig lake”) .
If you’re looking for an easy half day hike from Quito, you could do worse than Ilalo. This long dead volcano on the outskirts of Quito is easy to get to, and boasts some pleasant views of the surrounding countryside, from Cotopaxi to Pichincha.
Fresh off the plane and looking for a warm-up hike in Ecuador? Look no further than the sharp black mass looming over Quito.