Visit Chimborazo Mountain, the highest volcano in Ecuador (20,702 f.a.s.l.). Take the challenge to do an easy hike up to 16,404 feet above sea level, and get away from the noise of the city! Experience the peacefulness of a train ride, enjoying stunning landscapes, and incredible topography, surrounded by indian communities..!
ItineraryDay 1: A lifetime challenge!Stop At: Ecuador Best Tours, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceWe leave at 08h00 from your hotel in Quito, towards Chimborazo Mountain, which is the highest volcano in Ecuador (6.310 m.a.s.l.) and the farthest point from the centre of the Earth, it means, that it is the closest point on Earth to outer space; this is the reason why it is called “the closest point to the Sun”, because the Earth’s diameter at the equator latitude is wider and greater than the latitude of Mount Everest (about 28° north). The last known eruption is believed to have occurred around 550 A.C. It is located in the Central Andes of Ecuador, just 150 kilometers southwest of Quito. In this magical mountain Alexander Von Humboldt made significant annotations that have contributed to the study of the geology of the planet!Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Monumento Ambato Tierra de Frutas y Flores, Ambato, Tungurahua ProvinceFrom the city of Ambato, we start going up to “El Arenal” (4.200 m.a.s.l.), where we can see the three types of south American camels that the country has, living between inhospitable landscapes and indigenous communities!Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Mount Chimborazo, Chimborazo ProvinceWe could go higher up to 16.404 feet above sea level, to appreciate the majesty of the glaciers!Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Catedral de Riobamba, Riobamba, Chimborazo ProvinceAround 17h00 we will arrive to Riobamba, and we will stay at an Hacienda. If the weather is good enough, we will have the opportunity to enjoy watching the Tungurahua (5.000 m) and Altar volcanoes (5.319 m).Meals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Hacienda Abraspungo or Hotel Casa RealDay 2: Unforgettable Train Ride!Pass By: Catedral de Riobamba, Riobamba, Chimborazo ProvinceAt 06h00 we start our journey to Alausí Train Station, which is located at 2.346 meters above sea level.Stop At: Centro Historico de Alausi, Alausi, Chimborazo ProvinceFrom there we will take the train, at 08h00, to go through the unique railway, which was considered the most difficult one to build in the early years of the twentieth century, to the famous “Devil's Nose”, where a majestic piece of engineering is worldwide appreciated! Descending from a particular zigzag railway towards the forgotten Sibambe community that is at 1.900 meters, where we can photograph the mountain formerly known as “Condor Puñay”.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Market Guamote, Riobamba, Chimborazo ProvinceWe begin our return to Quito, but not before visiting the charming Guamote Indian Market (Thursday), where you can clearly learn more about the Puruhá culture!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceWe will be back in Quito approximately at 18h30.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.