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Getting There & Away

Several buses go from Riobamba's main terminal to Guaranda daily via a paved road. About 45 minutes from Riobamba ($1.50), the bus passes Pulinguí San Pablo, and about 7km further it passes the signed turnoff (4370m) for the Chimborazo refugios at the park's entrance. From the turnoff, it is 8km by road to the parking lot at Refugio Carrel and 1km further (on foot) to Refugio Whymper. If you’re walking up this road, allow several hours to reach the refugios.

Most hotels in Riobamba can arrange a taxi service to Refugio Carrel via this route. It’s about $60 to hire a taxi to drop you off and pick you up on a later day. One-way trips cost around $40.