Higher than Everest

Riobamba Travel Blog

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Friday we drove to Riobamba. We were intending on taking the Devil’s Nose railway (La Nariz del Diablo) but it is close due to a strike. The train was built between 1899 and 1908, and requires a complex set of switchbacks and bridges. Since it often derails it is only fair to support the unions in demanding safer working conditions and danger pay.


On our way to Riobamba we passed Volcan Chimborazo. Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecudor at 6310 metres. Due to the bulge of the earth at the equator, it is also the most distant point from the centre of the earth. We drove up to the hiking station and then climbed up to the 5000 metre point – a very difficult walk due to the altitude, but okay if you walk extremely slowly. 5000 metres on Chimborazo is 6383.377km from the centre of the earth, which made us higher than if we had been standing on the summit of Mt Everest, which is only 6382.467km from the centre of the earth. On the mountain slopes we saw flocks of wild vicuña.


That night we had dinner in the house once owned by Coronel Juan Bernaido de Leon y Cevalios, one of the heroes of independence and where Simon Bolivar stayed in 1822.

Adrian_Liston says:
Yep, for all the hikers lost on the mountain.
Posted on: Dec 07, 2007
thenewextrememimi says:
Woa, are thos gravestones?
Posted on: Dec 07, 2007
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