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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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  • 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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  • The volcano Chimborazo is the highest point on the planet, measured from the center of the Earth, according to the measurements of the GEODESIC expedition experts, is also considered the closest point to the Sun on our planet, is a mountain in which we can make practices of ice climbing, camping, mountain biking, hiking, etc.
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  • One of the most amazing trips we did in Ecuador. We leave Baños and follow a smooth ride. In the region the road becomes ever more beautiful and the volcano begins to show. Inside the Park, a large stretch of car and then we landed to walk to the refuge. Is 02. The walk starts from the first to the second and then the second we continue until the Laguna, which sadly was dry. However as it was snowing, we went to the snow and we had a lot of fun. I couldn't find the hike too pulled out, although many tourists complain of altitude and steep climb. The volcano is inactive and beautiful. Is very worthwhile. Including nominate the descent by bike, because the gravel path wasn't bad and big stretch is in asphalt. In Banõs look for Jesus at the Agency which is right near the bus station. Close to the Wonderful, but across the street, closer to the bus station.
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