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Avenue of the Volcanoes: Chimborazo volcano adventure

Chimborazo volcano adventure

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Standing tallest of all within the corridor of soaring peaks known as the Avenue of the Volcanoes, the extinct volcano of Chimborazo is Ecuador's highest mountain. Its snow-capped form looms up out of sweeping Andean grassland, dominating the skyline and dwarfing the small farmsteads and herds of grazing llama that lie in its shadow.

We can arrange a 3-day adventure hiking in this remote and rugged terrain, enjoying the peace and tranquillity of life in the Andes. The trip begins with a scenic approach from Patate, following a llama trail to a spectacular viewpoint over the volcano.

The next day, you'll wake in a cosy highland lodge to the sight of Chimborazo rising up to a height of over 6,000m, beckoning you to get out and explore. Today's walk will follow a historically important trade route, the Camino Real or Royal Road, down the volcano's southern flank and across a barren desert of ancient volcanic debris to a cluster of rustic settlements and farms.

On the final day, there's a guided visit to Ecuador's most important Inca ruin at Ingapirca before continuing on to the graceful city of Cuenca.

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