Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador

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#28 of 70 in Nature in Ecuador
Experienced climbers and adventurous sightseers flock to Mount Chimborazo for its sweeping snowcapped vistas. Once considered the highest mountain on earth at 6,268 m (20,564 ft) before being eclipsed by the Himalayas, the peak nonetheless represents the farthest point from the earth's center, thanks to a geological bulge. Ascending to the top is a task for experienced climbers only, and be aware that supplies, correct clothing, and plenty of rest are all essential. Those who don't want to make the strenuous climb can also take a car and then walk up to the second refuge for an excellent vantage point of the surrounding vista. Venturing beyond that point requires you to have a guide. Mount Chimborazo is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Quito Edition.
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  • August 25, 2017
    From Riobamba, it went to the Chimborazo. My hostel has recommended me to drive Bolivar with the bus and the ride to schedule for 2 h. I drove equal to 06:30 a bus from Patria--the trip lasted only 1 hour for $2.50. I believe the buses run every hour. I was already 7:30 at the Chimborazo - the Park opens 08:00 only. But it was there already staff. I was lazy and went up high to the first station of the refugee with the pick ($15). On the way you can see the Sangay Vulkan and some Vikunas. You can walk the route of 8 km but also loose. It is not a blatant rise. From the first to the second station of the refugee (she had closed) we continue to walk. The way is to be going very well - I needed 1 h. The way due to the height is still exhausting. Then you can go to a mini Lagoon - about 10 minutes way. But not worth. Come back down, I wanted to de n mountain photograph again - but in the meantime, clouds are raised again. I waited at the side of the road on a bus to Riobamba - at least once an hour one would have to come - after 45 minutes, I gave up and took a taxi. Three, we have $5 paid.
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  • July 15, 2017
    We were here! The highest mountain in the world! Measured from the Earth's Center. The Park is well laid out and maintained! The streets are well designed and leads up to 4800 meters height! There's a small kitchen and the ability to pick up a stamp for the Passport! As a further challenge, you can test its physical border (mortals) and ascend to a further hut at 5020 metres on foot! Since then, deadline is for normal people! But, you are rewarded with an unforgettable view!
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  • May 22, 2017
    We stayed the night in riobamba, then got a 7.30am bus from the main bus terminal towards guaranda ($2.50). You just ask the driver to drop you off at the entrance to Chimborazo. Admission was free. I...  more »

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