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Riobamba – Urbina – La Moya – Riobamba
The adventure begins in Riobamba, a typical Andean city located in the Ecuadorian Central Andes. A clear day view is breathtaking: Capac Urcu volcano rises above the horizon with its five-peak crowned summit; witnesses of a past eruption a thousand years ago. The Majestic Chimborazo – Ecuador´s highest peak and the closest point to the sun from the center of the Earth, – rises northbound. As we move north, if we are lucky, the shy Carihuairazo volcano might appear amidst the fog from time to time. Once at Urbina station we meet Baltazar Ushca, the man who braves low temperatures and high altitude to harvest ice from the bowels of Taita (father) Chimborazo. Tourists from every corner of the world come here to learn about this ancient trade while enjoying ice-creams prepared with this very same ice and blackberry juice.
Just before we depart to Riobamba, we pay a visit to La Moya. The descendants of the ancient Puruha people await for us to share their once secret daily live in the Andes and enjoy a typical lunch (not included) in the paramos of Chimborazo volcano.
- DEPARTURES: Saturday – Sunday
- SCHEDULE: 08:00 to 14:30 – Passengers must arrive 30 min before departure time
Capac Urcu Volcano
The Majestic Chimborazo
- Carihuairazo volcano
Standard Child / Senior Citizen / People with Special Needs $15,00*
* Rates for children apply from 2 years old to 11 years and 11 months old.
* Access to differentiated rates upon presentation of enabling documents.
Train ticket, guidance through the journey, visit to the Ice Interpretation Center, activities according the itinerary.
Additional expenses not detailed in the itinerary. Lunch at La Moya.
CLOTHING: A jacket for cold weather, walking shoes, hat, sunscreen (SPF 70 at least), sunglasses, camera, and cash and insect repellent.
ALTITUDE: It ranges from 2.300 to 3.609 meters above sea level. The temperature ranges from 5º to 28ºC.
IMPORTANT: The Riobamba station offers free and safe parking. A walk that will takes about 30 minutes.
All itineraries are subjected to change due to force majeure or technical, operational circumstances.