Atacazo is a volcano to the south-west of Quito, Ecuador. The mountain is a frequent hiking ground by the locals. The current hiking ground was home to an active volcano. The elevation of this volcanic mountain is 14642/4463m. On climbing to the highest point of the peak, you may find a little shack.
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The mountain is clearly visible to people from Panamerica highway. There are two main routes on the mountain. The hikers choose their own routes based on the nature of the slopes. A drive from the north may help you reach within two hours on the top of the mountain.
The mountain is suitable for climbing, all throughout the year. The best weather and the best time in December-January and July-august. The mountain is not covered with snow or glaciers. Hence makes it a suitable climbing spot for hikers round the year. The mountain is also home to some of the panoramic views. No special equipment or gear is absolutely necessary except the seasonal clothes.
Entry Fees: No special entry fee or pass is required.
Entry timings: No specific time of entry or exit.
How to reach: Most of the Ecuadorian mountains are accessible from the Panamerican highway. You can take any bus from Quito to the south and get down at Panamericana in extreme south Quito near Cutuglagua and the Santa Catalina station."