A memorable road trip to Refugio Chiles
Refugio Chiles (Ángel Cerón) is an abandoned high mountain refuge at an elevation of 4.142m (13,589ft) above the sea level, located in the Carchi province.of Ecuador.
Located in the Cordillera Occidental de los Andes, the road to the hut is totally unpaved. It’s a bumpy gravel road that has been eroded from rainstorms and is dusty in dry weather and muddy in wet. You’ll need a 4WD, high clearance vehicle. Your vehicle needs to be in good shape and be prepared for a lag in power. There is also a high antenna. Expect foggy, rainy, cold and misty weather. Ask locally about the safety of travel in this remote border region.
Located on the southern flanks of Chiles volcano on the border of Colombia and Ecuador, make sure the gas tank is full. Weather conditions can pose a problem. The remote and exposed road to the refuge is pretty steep. Starting from Carretera 182, the road to the hut is 628m (2,061ft) long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 64 meters. The average percentage is 10.66%.
Pic&video: LUIS WHITE