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Chimborazo Reserve
Chimborazo Reserve
Chimborazo Reserve
Chimborazo Reserve

Chimborazo Reserve

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The Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador, is the face of this reserve. The colossus is 6,310 meters high and is surrounded by an immense sandy area with a rather dry wasteland, different from most. The reserve, however, provides water to the three provinces where it sits: here are the sources that feed the Ambato, Chambo and Chimbo rivers.

The waters of the Chimbo end in the great Guayas River, a link that is represented in the National Shield. The connection between the Chimborazo and the Guayas River is a symbol of the unity between Costa and Sierra. The reserve houses an important population of vicuñas reintroduced from Peru and Chile in 1988.

There are also llamas and alpacas, domestic animals native to Ecuador that were used by the ancient inhabitants of the Andes before the Spaniards introduced horses, sheep, cows and donkeys. The reserve was created to protect these animals and their historical legacy, as well as the strange wasteland of which they are a part.

The Chimborazo is the main attraction of the reserve. The snow is massive, broad and giant. You can ascend to it from Riobamba and Guaranda. Several naturalists visited him in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including Alexander von Humboldt, who left us drawings where he compares the vegetation he observed on the different altitudinal levels of Chimborazo and Cotopaxi. That study today is considered the basis for phytogeography, a science that studies the distribution of plants on Earth.

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Adventure

At 6,310 meters, the Chimborazo volcano is the highest in the world. Considered a colossus by mountaineering enthusiasts, every year brings together hundreds of them who come to this place with the hope of conquering its summit, having as a reward for it an amazing sight. The scenery is also suitable for mountain biking and hiking.

Mountaineering

If what you are looking for is a sports activity that includes adrenaline and that challenges your abilities taking them to the limit, mountaineering is the adventure sport indicated for…

Trekking

The Andes have offered, since the time of the Incas, beautiful roads that unfold between forests, moors, wetlands and more. Today it is possible to travel these old routes and…

Nature

In the Chimborazo Wildlife Production Reserve, where the arid vegetation of the badlands predominates, such as straw, vicuñas, llamas and alpacas abound. The scenery is typically Andean, highlighting the majesty of the colossal Chimborazo volcano, which from where it is visualized always looks imposing.

Landscape Photography

Many people like to capture moments, this through photography, but others are simply passionate about this activity, for these, coming to Ecuador will be a delight for their eyes, since…

Gastronomy

Here you must try the delicious hornado, considered one of the best in Ecuador. This dish is made by baking pork with mote and lettuce in a vinegary juice, accompanied with ceviche of chochos and potato tortillas. It is also recommended frying, roasted guinea pig and stone corn tortillas, made with recipes of yesteryear.

Hornado

Dish of Creole origin, his name is given by its cooking technique: the pork is marinated and baked in firewood all night, served with potatoes or mote. This dish is characterized by its sour or chiriuchu, a dressing made with pieces of aji rocoto, water, salt, onion and tomato; some of panela or chicha. The Asian pig was introduced by…

Hornado

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