I first visited Ecuador in November 2014 as part of a VUELCO project short course and unrest/eruption simulation. Here we were focussed on Cotopaxi (5897 m), the stereotypical strato-volcano with its almost perfectly conical shape and summit glacier. This volcano was also the subject of one of my PhD thesis chapters so the opportunity to see it up close and personal was a great experience for me. I also visited Ecuador in March 2016 as part of the STREVA project. This time we were examining lahar deposits and attending community workshops around Cotopaxi to present information regarding the research that has been conducted there, especially given its awakening in August 2015. We also worked around Tungurahua (5023 m) where we were collecting ash from recent eruptions and attending workshops with local farmers about how they have adapted to volcanic activity.