El Corazón – a one day climbing adventure El Corazón (translated as “the heart” in Spanish) is a volcano located in the Andean mountain range near Quito. At 4 784m in altitude, El Corazón could easily be climbed in a day for those who are acclimatized. Ecuador has a gluttony of beautiful volcanoes and El Corazón, to put it bluntly is not on everyone’s peak bagging list. But this should not put you off visiting this area, unlike other popular tourist peaks like Rucu Pichincha, you probably won’t bump into another soul. The defining feature of El Corazón is a pulse raising ridge line that leads to it’s summit. On Christmas Day in 2016, I roped three travelers (James, Ryan and Chloe) staying with me at The Secret Garden Cotopaxi, into joining me on this one day climbing adventure, and it turned out to be one of the highlights of my stay in Ecuador.