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.
|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|
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