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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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  • One ascent on foot, of vertigo. The altitude will do that every few steps, have that stop to stabilize your breathing. The path to the lagoon that exist after the second refuge, arrives to 5.100 m. There, the wind is energy pure and hard. At that point, it rains and it snows, but the feeling is indescribable.
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  • About forty-five minutes of Riobamba, is considered the highest mountain in the center of the Earth. Very nice Park at the entrance has an rep who explains what to see in the Park, flora and fauna and about the history of the Park. For those disposition worth up to 5100m to see a natural lake. Worth, but you have to have breath, the coca tea always helps.
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  • You might go on your own from the bus terminal of Riobamba and Guaranda which drops you off at the entrance of the Park, take a bus from there up to the refuge are approximately 4 km. You could rent a car in Riobamba which cost you between 60 and 80 usd, or rent a tour guide for around 70 usd per person. We hired the tour with Awancay between the streets fast and Autachi, there you can ask by Gabriela Quinde, their phone numbers are 2969760 and 0992934959, your service is very good, auqnue the truth with the guide we were as well, it was good but it has many things to improve, as not to see your cell phone while leads and go to a more prudent speed. Once you reach the refuge of Chimborazo, you discover the Majesty of the TAITA... cold wind... then the Sun appears a second, it becomes cold and clouds. During the ascent from the input time animal life in this place that is so wild.
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