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Volcan Chimborazo, Guaranda

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Chimborazo is a currently inactive stratovolcano in the Cordillera Occidental range of the Andes. Its last known eruption is believed to have occurred around 550 CE.With a peak elevation of 6268m, Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador. It is the highest peak near the equator. Chimborazo is not the highest mountain by elevation above sea level, but its location along the equatorial bulge makes its summit the farthest point on the Earth's surface from the Earth's center.GeographyLocationChimborazo is in the Cordillera Occidental of the Andes of central Ecuador, 150 km (93 mi) south-southwest of the capital Quito. It is a neighbor to 5,018 m high Carihuairazo. Chimborazo's summit rises 2,500 m above the surrounding highlands (~3,500 to 4,000 m) with a ~20 km wide base.Under clear conditions the summit of Chimborazo can be seen from the coastal city Guayaquil, nearly 140 km away. The nearest cities are Riobamba (~30 km to the southeast), Ambato (~30 km to the northeast) and Guaranda (~25 km to the southwest). Chimborazo is surrounded by the Reserva de Produccion Faunistica Chimborazo which forms a protected ecosystem to preserve the habitat for the Andes native camelids of vicuña, llama and alpaca.
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  • Super is an unforgettable experience as it reaches the lagoon Condor which is permitted but is managed is very vacano know you're going to be in the world's largest volcano, super when they arrive to riobamba cannot go to the volcano, I recommend that give you 5 extrellas
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  • The climb to the first refuge (4800 m) can be done by cart path. Then, for the brave, there 1000 m of road for 300 m in altitude to walk to go to the second (5100 m) shelter... it feels very quickly oppressed and it is better to keep a slow and steady pace if it wants to get there. 1000 m, it is not long, but at that altitude, the lungs want more... Namely that the panorama is not always at the rendezvous because the volcano is often in the mist (which are thankfully not happened to us). Very considerate and friendly local guides offer their services. Arrival at the second shelter is magical, it finally reaches the eternal snow! Back in the first hut, don't miss the excellent quinoa soup which requinque you!
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  • Tour not to be missed! The access road to the tourist service center is great, coming to the Centre it is necessary to register to have access to the volcano. From the Center to the first shelter arrive by car by a land route, but easily accessible. The first shelter features a bar where you can buy hot drinks and water to soften the cold or the malaise caused by altitude. It is advisable for small children to remain at this point. From the first shelter there is a steep route from 900 m to the second bunker, seemingly easy, but added the altitude climb is grueling. Many people feel motion sickness, dizziness and headache. It takes 30 to 40 minutes walking slowly up the second shelter, being the return much faster by be descent. Go housed and with own shoes to walk the Earth with fragments of stones and rocks. Bring liquid to hydrate along the way. Camera is essential. Good ride!
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