Provincia del Chimborazo Things to Do

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    Riobamba
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    Quito, Jardin de Quindes, en Riobamba
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    Vicuñas below Chimborazo
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Provincia del Chimborazo Things to Do

  • Refugio Carrel and Refugio Whymper

    The two refuges on Chimborazo are named after the Brit Edward Whymper and the Italian brothers Carrel, who were the first ones to climb Chimborazo in 1880. Refugio Carrel is situated at an altitude of 4840 metres and Refugio Whymper at an altitude of 5040 metres. There are caretakers at both refuges and also equipped kitchens. Upstairs there are...

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  • Vicuñas and llamas

    On the way to Chimborazo we saw llamas, a domesticated camelid which for long has been used as a pack animal and for meat and wool in the Andes. Biking down from Chimborazo we saw several vicuñas at different places. The vicuñas are wild camelids. Vicuñas in Ecuador had been hunted to extension, but because of donations from Peru, Chile and Bolivia...

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  • Tectonic plates

    Just off the coast of South America the Nazca Plate is going under the South American Plate. This is an ongoing submission and a result of it is the Andean mountains and all the volcanoes there. On the way to Chimborazo we stopped and the guide pointed out a cross section of the sediment layers along the roadside. There you could clearly see how...

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  • Ancient Inca site

    During the biking tour from Chimborazo we stopped at an old Inca site. Here some big stones are scattered around in the grass. The big flat stones are believed to have been used for different rituals. There are traces of three house foundations, but the houses have at some time been destroyed by an earthquake. The area has been excavated and items...

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  • La Chorrera Canyon

    La Chorrera Canyon is a canyon situated along the road to Chimborazo (coming from Riobamba). The rocks are vertical, almost 100 metres high at the highest point. This is where Río Chorrera has its origin. When I was on a tour with ProBici we stopped here to have a look. As it was quite windy we could not walk to the edge (probably you should never...

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  • Tour to Chimborazo and mountain biking

    In the morning I was picked up outside my hotel at 8:15,and then we, the guide Alejandro from Pro Bici and James from England, went to a café to pick up some sandwiches before we started the drive to Chimborazo. At some places along the road Alejandro stopped the car to tell us interesting things to know. We also waited for two other cars with a...

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  • Riobamba

    Tourists mainly come to Riobamba for trekking, mountain biking and to organize a Chimborazo climb. For two years I have now wanted to climb Chimborazo, but last year when I was in Ecuador I broke my wrist and this year I first had a fever and then a cough, and thus not feeling well enough to acclimatize for the climb. I came to Riobamba anyway to...

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  • The Vicuña Trail

    Though one could be quite content to do small walks around the hostel with Chimborazo so nearby, the Vicuña Trail is the real attraction of this region. Climbers access the area via Guaranda which leads to Refugio Whymper at 5000m so this is the domain of backpackers. It is a two to three day trek that brings you around beautiful mountain lakes...

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