The Sierra lies between the western and eastern ranges of the Andes Mountains - the Cordillera Occidental [Western Chain
] and the Cordillera Oriental [the Eastern Chain
]. The Valley has been populated and its land cultivated for many centuries. Nestled in the valley is Quito
, the capital of Ecuador. Of the two mountain ranges, the Cordillera Oriental is wider and higher; however, Mount Chimborazo
, the highest peak in Ecuador, is part of the Cordillera Occidental.
The Sierra also
of which six
are still active.
volcano is Cotopaxi
or 19,348 feet.
5th July 2006
||Article contributed by Dominic Hamilton|||