|Staring at the sun - Chimborazo|
For common visitors, like us, it is very accessible to get to 5,000 m (16,404 ft) with very little effort which is pretty awesome. I have never been at this altitude in my life and that includes living at the edge of the Rocky Mountains for four years. Chimborazo is an easy day trip from the city Riobamba where we are staying.
|Honoring fallen climbers|
As we move down the mountain the barren landscape is a stark contrast to the lush greenness we are used to seeing in the Andes. We encounter several small groups of vicuña dotting the scenery with their beige and white coats.
We finally make our way down to the main road back to Riobamba. We have just cut across the mountain bypassing the park road and skipping the ranger station at the entrance unsure if we were supposed to let them know we are leaving. I hope they are not still looking for us. We flag down a pick up truck and have a breezy, dusty ride back to town as Chimborazo gets smaller in the distance.
|Chimborazo at 60 mph|
|Early evening view from the unused train station|
|Is the name of this restaurant in honor of the 18th US president,|
or a dig at Americans' large eating habits?