How to get to Chimborazo? [Popular options]

Road leading to the Chimborazo volcano

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If you are planning a trip to Ecuador, you are probably familiar with its name, and is that the Cotopaxi and Chimborazo volcanoes are the stars par excellence of the country, although the Chimborazo is the highest, do not go to get jealous. To make it easier for you and so that you only have to worry about climbing its more than 6.000 meters, we tell you how to get to Chimborazo. After achieving this traveling the El Cajas National Park is a breeze!

If you are thinking twice about climbing Chimborazo, you have to take into account that it is the closest point to the sun and that it surpasses Everest, it is one of the best Ecuador trips! Everest is higher above sea level, you’re right, but Chimborazo is the farthest point from the earth and it is proven by scientists, it is not just our thing. Reaching the Chimborazo summit is not easy, but it’s worth it.

Chimborazo Volcano seen from far

How to get to Chimborazo from Riobamba

From Riobamba you have it very easy, you are practically next door, you have it done! The next thing is climbing Cotopaxi! Let’s go back to Riobamba: once in Riobamba you should focus on getting a bus to Guaranda. During the trip you will have to pay attention because you will have to get off at the Chimborazo Fauna Production Reserve, before reaching the final destination.

Bus on dirt road in front of turtle

The best thing to do is to make sure that the bus will pass through the reserve, so you don’t get a surprise! The price is about $2.50, but you always have the option of hiring the tour that departs from Riobamba and not worry about finding the right bus, the right stop, and the return.

How to get to Chimborazo from Quito

If you are in Quito and want to climb Chimborazo you have it a little further, but you can, of course, you can! It’s only one more bus that it will cost you to get to Riobamba, which translates to $5.25. This time you’ll have to look for a bus leaving from the Quitumbe bus terminal to Riobamba, easy!

The city of Quito seen from far between volcanoes

The only thing you have to keep in mind is that the journey usually takes somewhat more than three hours and it would be advisable to get up early to make the most of the day, mother’s advice. It is also advisable to carry some Ecuadorian gastronomy just in case your guts wake up and start to roar second mother’s advice.

How to get to Chimborazo from Guayaquil

Don’t panic, if you are in Guayaquil there’s also a way to get to the Chimborazo volcano. If you choose this option it will take you practically the same, but this time instead of going to Riobamba, it will be to Guaranda. From Guaranda you will have to take the bus to Riobamba and stop halfway, where the Chimborazo Fauna Production Reserve is located. The other way around!

Chimborazo Volcano in the distance from Guayaquil

After achieving your goal you can afford to rest, of course. Enjoying yourself in the Galapagos Islands and visiting other must-see places in Ecuador doesn’t sound all bad. Before you continue planning your trip, remember that Whymper Summit is waiting to amaze you with its rock and ice sections. Are you going to make it wait?


Journalist, nomad and adventurer. Paula would never say no to a camping trip and is an expert in setting up a tent in less than 10 seconds.

Besides that, she loves to dance and maybe that's why she loves Latin America so much. One of her best trips was to Argentina, but she has many more destinations behind her, which she talks about in this blog.

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