Photo: President Rafael Correa
Ecuador’s left leaning President Rafael Correa has reached new heights becoming the first President to climb the summit of the Illiniza Norte volcano that is part of the Andes mountain range.
Correa ascended the 16,818 feet of the northern volcano peak , with a team of professional mountain climbers over the weekend. The Illinizas are twin volcanic mountains, north and south, that are some of the highest mountains in the country. The Illinizas are 34 miles south of the capital city of Quito. The northern side that Correa climbed is considered less difficult to climb while the southern peak is recommended only for skilled climbers.
50-year-old Correa is in the midst of his third term and continues to enjoy the support of the majority of the country. He is viewed as a “green” President and is very progressive on conservation and animal rights issues. Illiniza Norte can be conquered in two days, Correa started on Saturday afternoon and finished on Sunday morning.
What was Correa’s goal in making mountaineering history?
To show his country that anything is possible, he noted after completing the climb, “Nothing is impossible if we want to… For my country, more and more, to reach even higher and difficult peaks.”