Cayambe Travel Guide

  • Volcán Cayambe 5790 metres
    Volcán Cayambe 5790 metres
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  • First glimpse of Cayambe
    First glimpse of Cayambe
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Cayambe Things to Do

  • Climbing Volcán Cayambe

    I climbed Cayambe in the end of July 2014 and did so with the guide Fabián from the company Julio Verne in Riobamba. Volcán Cayambe, 5790 metres, is the third highest mountain in Ecuador and it is considered to be more difficult to climb than Cotopaxi because the glacier is very active and there are many crevasses, and there are often very strong...

  • Visit the Bizcocho Factory

    The town of Cayambe is known for bizcochos (a not very sweet cookie with a particular shape.) Nothing in the factory is mechanized. Some of the bakery workers are up to their elbows mixing dough in a big trough, and others are shaping and cutting the bizcochos one at a time. Even so, this little factory produces 12,000 of them per day. The...

  • Climb Cayambe

    For those who love to hike Cayambe is the place for you. It easier to climb Cayambe than Cotopaxi but you should still go out with an experienced guide. The refuge Ruales-Oleas-Berge is at about 4600 meters and Cayambe is 18997ft high or 5790 meters. At the refuge you can rest, there are about 37 bunks, a kitchen, fireplaces, dining area, running...

  • Eat bizcochos!!

    Bizcochos is a local specialty. It's somewhat of a pastry typ treat, but it's not that sweet and its rather dry. I know there's cheese in the mix somewhere. You can buy bizcochos virtually all over Cayambe, however, the best place is on the main road (PanAmerican - the one going to Quito and Otavalo) just south of the roundabout. The price is about...

  • Lagunas de Mojanda

    Right next to the town of Tabacundo (a few minutes away from Cayambe), you will find the Lagunas de Mojanda. Essentially, there are two lakes, and smaller and one bigger one, located at almost 4000m (in the "paramo"). The place will offer a great view, a relaxing afternoon, and if you´re lucky you might just spot a condor!Take the bus (Transportes...

  • Laguna San Pablo

    Laguna San Pablo is actually situated in the Provincia de Imababura, but is not that far from Cayambe. Just head down the road going out of town towards Otavalo. The lake is beautifully situated at the foot of the Imbabura mountain, and is the home of many of the people you see selling goods at the Saturday market in Otavalo. It is a nice area and...

  • Old Indigenous Ruins

    On the way to Quito (the one that goes by Tabacundo), there is a protected area that contains 15 truncated clay pyramids covered by earth and grass and nine with long ramps. I have acutally never been here, but some of my friends went, and they really enjoyed it. Essentially, Cochasqui is an archaeological site, administered by the Consejo...

  • Daytrip to Quinche

    El Quinche is very well known by "La Virgen del Quinche" (El Quinche virgin) where there is a sanctuary to Nuestra Señora del Quinche in the main plaza. Also known for the processions held on 21 November honoring the virgin and asking for miracles. The small village is situated fairly close to Cayambe. The virgin's image was the work of a sculptor...

  • Daytrip to small highland town

    To really experience a small highland town, you can make a quick daytrip to the town of Esperanza. With the local buses, which cost 22cents, the trip will take about 40min (but it´s only 10min by car). Esperanza is a cute place with a nice church, and a very nice view of the valley. A small park right infront of the church offers a good place to...


Cayambe Hotels

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  • Hosteria San Luis

    Via Tabacundo, Panamericana norte Km. 4 1/2, Ibarra, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

  • Hosteria Guachala

    Panamericana Norte Km. 70, Cayambe, EC

Cayambe Restaurants

  • Set lunch – Almuerzo

    At lunch time many restaurants in Ecuador have a set lunch menu including a soup (sopa), a main dish (segundo) and a small dessert (postre). For the main dish there is often a choice, but not always. A fruit drink is also included. The quality of the food can vary. In Cayambe I ate at at two of these restaurants around lunch time. It was on the way...

  • The best Bizcochos and Queso de hoja

    My cousin asked me if I wanted to see the biggest oven to make bizcochos here in Cayambe. I said sure lets check it out. First of all the place is owned by a priest. This is his private business. It appears that he gets alot of flack being supposedly he is a man of God and he shouldnt have this business...blah blah blah. So many people talk about...

  • Best Pizza in the Region!!!

    This small family owned pizza place serves up expensive but absolutely incredible pizza. Most times, Tamia herself will be there to make you feel right at home. You can either stay there, or take out. Like I said, the pizza is expensive ($10 for a pizza that will feed 2), but is REALLY good!!!

  • Great Atmosphere!!!

    The atmosphere and the food is great at this original restaurant. Built as a wind mill (=molino), and with a great garden including a fish pond, it's worth spending a few minutes before you eat exploring the area. Don't forget to go to the very top of the wind mill and look around. Ask for the combo with soup and then the grill with meat. Not sure...

  • Nice Café with German Owners

    A german run café right next to the main plaza (and right next to AndyNet). The atmosphere is great and the service friendly. There is indoor and outdoor seating, and they offer several magazins you can borrow and read (which encourages longer stays). You can choose everything from their lunch menus (btw$2-$5), a nice filling sandwich (I recommend...

  • Colombian/Ecuadorian Food

    Colombian and Ecudorian food served in a simple and a little noisy, BUT clean establishment. The courses, which all include meat, range from about $2.50-$4 (tip included). They grill the meat (which is excellent!) while you wait and the staff is young and alert. When they saw me take notes, they gave me a dessert for free! Sodas are about $0.8, and...


Cayambe Transportation

  • Local Buses to Tabacundo, Esperanza, and...

    LOCATION:To get to the busstation, go to the Bank of Pinchinca, and head north for one block, then take left. Go down a couple of blocks and the busstaion will be on your right. BUSES:Transportes de Mojanda: The "Y", Tabacundo, and EsperanzaCIA:The "Y", Tabacundo, and CubincheFor Your Information:The "Y" is the crossroad (looks like a triangle or a...

  • Quito-Cayambe

    The easiest and fastest way to go btw Quito and Cayambe is with the FLOR DEL VALLE bus company. Two important facts about FLOR DEL VALLE:1) They go the "back way" to Cayambe and do not pass by Tabacundo (to go to Tabacundo, catch a buss from Quito headed towards Otavalo - these buses usually also stop about 6km west of Cayambe).2) They DO NOT leave...

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    2 Hotels in Cayambe

Cayambe Shopping

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    AKI: Grocery Store

    by tejanasueca Updated Jul 23, 2005

    The most modern grocery store in Cayambe is called Aki. Here you will be able to find most things you need in that department. The store is located close to the fish market. If you stand on the main square, next to the cathedral, go one block further south (away from the square), take the first right(away from the mountain). The store will be a couple of blocks down on the left. It is the only such store in town, so you will easily recongize it.

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Cayambe Local Customs

  • Cultivation of Roses

    Columbia used to be the place for roses to be grown and they have most of the business there. Columbia has about 15 years on Ecuador in the cultivation of roses. What was discovered though was that the roses that were grown in Ecuador (mainly Cayambe and T) were of better quality with larger buds. This is mainly due to the high elevation.Now...

  • Queso de hoja and Bizcochos

    “QUESO DE HOJA” is a special cheese, which is originated from Cayambe. It is the ideal complement for the bizcochos. Because Cayambe is a milk place, there are many kinds of cheese. Queso de hoja is called so because it is involved with “atzera” leaf ( a typical leaf of the place), also it is called so because the leaf manner used to involve the...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Cayambe What to Pack

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    What to pack

    by MalenaN Written Apr 6, 2015

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    Luggage and bags: Equipment and cloths that I needed was included in the price. This is what Julio Verne provided for the climb:

    climbing boots
    ice axe
    harness with carabiner
    climbing helmet
    gloves and mittens
    fleece sweater
    fleece pants
    over pants
    glacier glasses
    warm sleeping bag with sheet
    thermos bottle with tea
    chocolate, biscuits and Gaturade

    Things I had myself:
    - Small backpack to use for the climb
    - Sun block lotion
    - Wind and waterproof jacket (thin)
    - 2 merino wool jumpers
    - 1 merino wool t-shirt
    - Wool sweater
    - Socks
    - A thin scarf
    - Waterbottle
    - Gaturade (a sports drink)
    - Chocolate and nuts
    - Camera

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Cayambe Sports & Outdoors

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    Climbing Cayambe with Julio Verne in...

    by MalenaN Written Apr 5, 2015

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    To climb Cayambe and Chimborazo had been on my list of things to do for three years, so before going to Ecuador this year (2014) I booked a tour to both Cayambe and to Chimborazo. Cayambe is far from Riobamba, but I had not seen cheaper tours from Quito, and I thought it was good to go to both mountains with the same company. I always got a quick response to my emails. The day before going to Cayambe I went to Julio Verne’s office in Riobamba and tried out equipment. I could use the same equipment for both climbs, and I also got a good guide, Fabian. Fabian took me to the top of Cayambe, but unfortunately I had to cancel Chimborazo because I had been food poisoned two days before Cayambe. I had not recovered full and could not eat properly for a few days. Ater climbing Cayambe I felt I had no energy left and it felt stupid to try to climb Chimborazo (especially as conditions were not very good at the moment) only two days after. I could have waited one or two days more and would have done so under other circumstances. So, Chimborazo is still on my wish list.

    These were the prices for July 2014:

    CHIMBORAZO (2 days / 1 night)
    1 person with private guide: USD 310
    2 persons with 1 guide: USD 200 per person

    CAYAMBE (2 days / 1 night)
    1 person with private guide: USD 425
    2 persons with 1 guide: USD 275 per person

    These prices include:
    - mountain guides (maximum 2 persons per guide)
    - transportation by private car from / to Riobamba
    - meals and purified drinking water
    - accommodation in refuges
    - complete climbing equipment (including double-lined plastic climbing boots, crampons, ice axe, harness with carabiner, rope, climbing helmet, gaiters, gloves and mittens, fleece sweater and fleece pants, over pants and jacket, balaclava, glacier glasses, headlamp, warm sleeping bag with sheet, thermos bottle
    -entrance permits national parks and reserves

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Cayambe Favorites

  • Tourist Office

    There is a tourist office in Cayambe. It´s located in the big building in the square (the one in the pic, over on the left hand side). It´s open during business hours (9-5) mon-fri. I never had a chance to go, as I always worked those hours, but for a tourist, it will probably be worth to check it out.

  • Internet Café

    The name of this Internet Café is AndyNet, and even if there are other internet cafés (one just around the corner), this one was our home away from home when we went to Cayambe. The location is great (right next to the plaza and the german owned café) and the people that work there are friendly (ask for Diego). In March of 2005, all internet cafés...

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