With its 6267 meters, the Chimborazo volcano is the highest mountain of Ecuador. Until the 19th century, the Chimborazo was believed to be the highest mountain in the world. Measuring the distance from the top to the centre of earth, the Chimborazo beats the Mount Everest. The ascent to the Chimborazo starts one hour before midnight. As the sun rises, risk of falling rocks is higher. The vicuña is a relative of the llama and one of two wild camelides living in the Andes. The endangered animals were reintroduced around the Chimborazo in 1987. The vicuña produces fantastically soft wool, the reason for which the Inca rulers declared it protected. The mountain is a favourite among beginners of mountain climbing as its technical difficulty is rather low. Still, the ascent is risky. Dozens of alpinists died. Many of them are buried in a cemetery at the foot of the mountain. German explorer Alexander of Humboldt failed in 1802 in his attempt to reach the summit of the Chimborazo. Acclimatizacion for at least four days before the ascent is a must. Indigenous people in the Andes domesticate the Alpaka to cut its wool. The alpaca and the llamas are related and can easily be confused. Both were domesticated by the indigenous population of the Andes. The Puruhá people living around the Chimborazo breed alpakas. They stay over night in these huts when it´s too late to return to their home villages. An indigenous guide stands inside his hut. The most adventurous way of getting to the entrance of the National Park Chimborazo is to hitchhike.