"Mission Aborted: Chimborazo" Provincia del Chimborazo by richiecdisc

Provincia del Chimborazo Travel Guide: 91 reviews and 630 photos

Standing at 6310m, Chimborazo is a big and impressive mountain. Not only is it the largest in Ecuador but with its Equatorial position, its peak also measures as the furthest point from the center of the Earth. It can?t help that despite all these impressive statistics that it somehow remains in the shadow if it?s little cousin, Cotopaxi. You see, the latter is not only just 400m shorter but it remains active to Chimborazo?s extinct status and its perfect conical shape makes for an unfair advantage when compared to all South American peaks. Climbers even lament that Chimborazo is a boring and tedious ascent. So, why go to Chimborazo? Well, it is the biggest mountain in Ecuador, and many will always be attracted to such attributes. It?s also close to Cotopaxi; in fact, you can see it on a clear day from there. But the real reason to go there, even if you?re not up for a climb is to enjoy unspoiled Andean scenery at its best. While Cotopaxi sees a steady stream of tourists each day, you might find you have ?the other? big volcano all to yourself, and when it comes to nature, that can be a very good thing, and reason in itself to head that way.

  • Last visit to Provincia del Chimborazo: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    I thought I had seen all your Ecadorian pages before I went to Ecuador, but now I see that I have missed two of them. Sorry to hear you got bad weather and had to cancel the hike.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    You most certainly had a adventure even if you weren't able to concur that hike. At least you had some nice and rustic accomodations. The llama looked pleasant and the hostel looked lovely. I enjoyed this page.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Richie, although this portion of your trip did not turn out as intended, it still looks like an interesting experience to me! I always say, nothing ventured - nothing gained! Nice try!!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    I reckon Doreen is right - this hike just was not meant to be! But it makes for a great story and great VT page :)

  • Feb 25, 2008 at 7:23 AM

    Great little page and good packing list, hemmm... a wide angle lens is just added to my list ;-)

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    carcasses, an eerie abandoned train station and a Shining reference. yikes. forget not making the climb - i'm just glad you survived and made it to cuenca!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Oh my what a trip! I am really glad that there are no skeletons of backpacker gringos out there now! And yes, listen to D - if there is weather, the mountains tell you "next time" :-) But the hostel looks cute :-)

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    I believe that things happen for a reason...and all those signs could not be ignored...


“fairy tales can come true...”

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