El Teleférico de Quito

El Teleférico is a gondola lift in Quito, Ecuador, running from the edge of the city centre up the east side of Pichincha Volcano to lookout Cruz Loma. It is one of the highest aerial lifts in the world, rising from 2950 metres (8850 ft) to 4100 metres (13,400 ft). The ascent takes 40 minutes, travelling 2500 linear metres. Pichincha is an active stratovolcano in the country of Ecuador, whose capital Quito wraps around its eastern slopes. The mountain's two highest peaks are the Guagua (4,784 metres (15,696 ft)), which means "child" in Quechua and the Rucu (4,698 metres (15,413 ft)), which means "sleeping". The active caldera is in the Guagua, on the western side of the mountain. . In October of 1999, the volcano erupted and covered the city with several inches of ash. Prior to that, the last major eruption was in 1660, when about a foot of ash fell on the city. On 24 May 1822, in the context of the war of independence of Latin America, Patriot forces defeated a Spanish colonial army on the slopes of the Pichincha. The encounter, known as the Battle of Pichincha, sealed the independence of the lands that constitute modern Ecuador. The Cotopaxi is known for being the highest volcano of the world, is in the central zone of Ecuador, in the mountain chain of the Andes to 2.750 meters of altitude, near Quito. The Cotopaxi is an active volcano and has 5.897 m of height.