Riobamba │ Chimborazo │ Riobamba
You leave Riobamba at 9am and drive to the foot of Chimborazo where we put our equipment on horses and start to hike. The first 4-5 hours you hike up until you reach 4,600 meters (15,092ft) and then go down for about 2 hours, until you reach the refuge at 4,200 meters (13,780ft). From here you have a great panoramic view of the Andes mountain range including volcanoes like Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Sangay and Carihuairazo.
After breakfast you leave the refuge and hike for about 4 hours through native flora and fauna. This area is home to vicuñas and with a bit of luck you can also see the Chimborazo Hillstar (an endemic species of hummingbird). You reach an altitude of 4,400 meters (14,436ft) and descend to 4,200 meters (13,780ft) to the Carihuairazo base camp. From here you return to Riobamba by car.