Chimborazo Province – Chimborazo Volcano – Ecuador
The Province of Chimborazo is one of the 24 provinces that make up the Republic of Ecuador, located mainly on the hoy of Chambo in the northeast and the holes of Chimbo and Chanchán in the southwest. Its administrative capital is the city of Riobamba, which is also its largest and most populated city.
Chimborazo is the highest volcano and mountain in Ecuador and the farthest point from the center of the earth, the closest point to outer space, which is why it is called “the closest point to the sun”, because Earth’s diameter at equatorial latitude is higher than at Everest latitude (about 28 ° north). Its last known eruption is believed to have occurred around 550 AD.
The Chimborazo is surrounded by the Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve, which forms a protected ecosystem to preserve the native camelids of the Andes, such as the vicuña, the llama, and the alpaca.
Chimborazo is predominantly a stratovolcano. On clear days of open skies, it has been seen from the city of Guayaquil, which is 142 km.
A tradition of the communities close to this volcano was to take the ice from the mountain glaciers to the village to prepare their drinks.
These people were known as “the coolers of Chimborazo”. Today only one person is dedicated to this activity Mr. Baltasar Ushca called by the Ecuadorian people as “The last icemaker of Chimborazo”.
This activity consists of cutting blocks of ice from the glacier on Tuesdays and Fridays, and transporting them with mules to sell them in snow cones, called “raspados”. They are usually found in popular parks and in the markets of the city of Riobamba.