Ampato is one of the most important volcanoes in Arequipa, where the adventure and the archeology coexist with harmony.

Ampato means toad in Quechua, named like that because of its shape seen from a strategic point.

Ampato has two tops, the north one (6050 meters) and the south and principal one (6318 meters).

It is always snow covered with temperatures frequently below 0 degrees centigrade, with snowstorms, blizzards,  and hail.

The best time to climb it is between April and November. It doesn't present so much difficulty in its climbing, but it's important to go with climbing equipment and with specialized guides who know the row perfectly.

Ampato is an “Apu” or God of the Town because of the misfortune when it got eruptions. For that reason, in the past, people, in order to calm it down, used to give it some offerings. One of the offerings was a 12-year-old girl, Juanita, who was selected among the best women in Pachacutec Empire.

Elevation (feet): 20,630
Elevation (meters): 6,288
Continent: South America
Country: Peru
Range/Region: Peruvian Andes
Latitude: -15.816667
Longitude: -71.883333
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Year first climbed: 1966
First successful climber(s): Reinhard Culbert
Nearest major airport: International Airport Rodríguez ballón
Convenient Center: Chivay - Caylloma

Thanks to Marina Yasmine and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

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