Visit Chimborazo Mountain, the highest volcano in Ecuador (20,702 f.a.s.l.), considered the farthest point from the centre of the Earth, it means, that you will be at the closest point on Earth to outer space!!! Take the challenge to do an easy hike up to 16,404 feet above sea level, and get away from the noisy cities. Experience the peacefulness of a train ride, enjoying stunning landscapes, and incredible topography, surrounded by indian communities..!
DAY 1: We 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! From 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! We could go higher up to 16.404 feet above sea level, to appreciate the majesty of the
glaciers! Around 17h00 we will arrive to
Riobamba, and we will stay at
Hacienda Abraspungo. If the weather is nice enough, we will have the chance to enjoy watching the Tungurahua (5.000 m) and Altar volcanoes (5.319 m).
DAY 2: At 06h00 we start our journey to
Alausí Station, which is located at 2.346 meters above sea level. From 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”. We 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! We will be back in Quito approximately at 18h30.