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Chimborazo summit - point farthest from the center of the earth and highest peak of Ecuador

Chimborazo summit - point farthest from the center of the earth and highest peak of Ecuador

Thinking about the point farthest from the center of the earth, we nearly all think of the Everest, regardless of that the diameter of the earth just at the Equator is larger than at the latitude of the highest peak in the world. So taking at face value the shape of the flattened sphere at the poles of our planet, the summit of Chimborazo is the farthest from its center point. That is why it is known as "the closest point to the sun", although this is only partly true; because depending on the Earth's rotation axis, the places closest to the sun are close to the line of the Equator at the equinoxes and to the Tropics in summer solstices.

The Chimborazo is an inactive volcano 20,702 ft / 6,310 meters high which also makes it the highest point in the country. It is located just 1º south of the Equator. Its summit is covered by glaciers. Climbing it is not easy. The most common route is the southern with shelters at 15,748 ft / 4,800 and 16,404 ft / 5,000 m, the latter being the starting point for the summit.

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What else is there
At the foot of the Chimborazo, Riobamba, a city of great natural and cultural wealth. Enjoy the views from the viewpoint of Cacha and a nice walk through the old town. And just over 87 mi / 140 km away you’ll find Guayaquil, the country's largest city. Its parks, museums and colonial center will surprise you. Do not forget to take a boat ride on the Guayas River.

Notes
Conquering the Chimborazo requires good physical and technical preparation and an acclimatization period in the area, with previous climbs and glacier practices for about 6-8 days.

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