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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 C.E.With a peak elevation of 6263m, 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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  • Niagara Falls, the Mississippi, the Ocean, are examples that come to mind when talking about mesmerizing/awe-inspiring encounters had in our times on this spinning blue ball. Being that the Volcan (Sp...  more »
  • This is one of the highest mountain in the world (from the center of the hearth, not sea level) and in a clear day quite spectacular. One can almost circumnavigate trough paved roads, from Riobamba to...  more »
  • We visited Chimborazo and decided to hike to the refuge at 5,100 meters. It was surprisingly difficult but worth the effort and accomplishment. We got some great photos and it was a great experience t...  more »

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