Riobamba Things to Do

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    La Catedral and Basilica

    by MalenaN Written Sep 21, 2014

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    In 1797 a large part of Riobamba was destroyed in an earthquake and after that the city was moved to its present location. Stones from the old cathedral were used to construct the cathedral at the new location. The Cathedral is situated on the northeastern side of the lovely and tranquil park Parque Maldonado.

    Another nice church is the Basilica which is situated by Parque La Libertad. The basilica is built in a Neo-classical style and it is the only round church in Ecuador.

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    Museo de Arte Religioso

    by MalenaN Written Sep 21, 2014

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    The Museo de Arte Religioso is housed in a beautiful restored colonial building, which used to house the Convento de la Concepción. The museum is considered to be one of the best in the country of religious art.

    Admission was $3 (July 2014) and that included a guided tour in Spanish. I decided to see the museum on my own, without a guide. There are some very fine religious objects, mostly from the 17th and 18th century, but also the building itself is nice to walk around in with a few small courtyards. In 2007 there was a break-in and several valuable objects were stolen, among other things the museum’s masterpiece, a monstrance made of gold and inlayed with lots of jewelry. Luckily the museum got many items back in 2008, including the monstrance, but then without its silver base.

    The museum is open between 9 - 12 and 15 - 18 (Tue - Sat).

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    Art exhibition

    by MalenaN Written Aug 19, 2013

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    When I visited Riobamba in July 2013 there was an exhibition of large colourful hummingbirds on Plaza Eloy Alfaro. There were also a few large frogs and toads. All together there are 65 sculptures in the exhibition, which is called "Quito, Jardín de Quindes". Besides Quito and Riobamba the exhibition has been shown in several other Ecuadorian cities and in Bogota, Colombia.

    Riobamba Colibris en Riobamba Quito, Jardin de Quindes, en Riobamba Quito, Jardin de Quindes, en Riobamba
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    Nariz del Diablo

    by BE001903 Written Jul 19, 2008

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    When we were there in June 2008 we had tickets for the Nariz del Diablo. We decided not to go though as the train only drives a short trip to Palmyra. You can ride the train sitting on the roof again (it was forbidden for a while due to an accident ). But for this experience you have to get up early. We drove by car instead; you have the same scenery and you can stop whenever you like. If you want to sit on top of a train however this is your chance..

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    TRAIN RIDE TO NARIZ DEL DIABLO

    by swesn Written Nov 14, 2007

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    From Riobamba, there is a train ride to the famous stretch of track called 'El Nariz del Diablo', or the Devil's Nose.

    The train departs early in the morning, at 7am, and as Riobamba is at quite a high altitude (my friend told me Riobamba is also known as Friobamba - 'frio' is cold in Spanish), do dress warmly and climb onto the roof of the train. There are people up there by 6am!

    The view was not spectacular spectacular but beautiful enough. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride, viewing the mountains and farms and countrysides. Many campesinos in their traditional costumes stopped work to wave at the passing train. Often, they had wide smiles on their faces. I thought it was very sweet. Of course, there were groups that appeared to be very shy, standing there with their yokels and staring at us dumbly. And gosh, the children… they were the best! Many very tiny, well-bundled up, children were waving and smiling happily at us. The tourists bought sweets from the tireless vendor on top of the train with us and tossed the sweets to the children. They were delighted and scrambled for them happily!

    After Alausi, the scenery changed to stunning ravines and at El Nariz del Diablo, there is a series of switchbacks carved into the side of the mountain and allows the train to advance and reverse and in the process, descend or ascend nearly 1,000m. At that time of construction in 1902, this was the most incredible feat of railway engineering.

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    Nariz del Diablo

    by LizontheMove Updated Apr 26, 2007

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    If you are in Riobamba, the only thing to do is the Nariz del Diablo train ride (sitting on the roof of course), and I think it was worth it.
    Buy your ticket ($15) the day before from the main station (but beware, it shuts at 4pm- then you have to get up super early to buy the ticket at 6am the next day). It leaves Riobamba at 7am. It is cold at this time so take hat and gloves! It took about 6 hours to get to the famous steep switchbacks (so you did get a bit bored by the end) and that was only with two derailments (someone in our hostel went on it and it derailed twelve times and took twelve hours as a result). We got off at the end of the line (Alausi- it stops on the way, does the famous switchbacks then returns to Alausi where you can disembark) and got the bus back to Riobamba which was a lot quicker and more comfortable.
    I would definitely advise getting one or two seat cushions ($1 rent) if you plan to sit on the roof. And try to sit on the right hand side for the best views.
    Also, buy a bag of sweets or lollies to take, as all along the route children run to the train when they see it coming expecting sweets (see the pic). Its good fun chucking sweets at them and making their day!
    We sat two carriages back from the front to avoid the fumes. Also, if the train isn't that busy, they remove the front carriage so everyone who had bagsied a seat there had to move to the back of the train.
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    the Nariz del Diablo train

    by jglsongs Updated Aug 9, 2005

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    Three times a week (Wed., Fri. and Sun.), crowds of people horde the Riobamba train station at 6:00am to ride the Nariz del Diablo train ride, the "treacherous" stretch of the former Quito-Guayaquil rail line.

    Yes, a tourist highlight, but it's a great ride and the scenery is unbeatable.

    atop the Nariz del Diablo train
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    Ride the Devil's Nose (Nariz del Diablo)

    by namastedc Written Feb 24, 2005

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    Seeing is believing with this easy though adventurous trip.

    The Devil's Nose is a very steep section of the Ecuadorian rail system that has now become more of a tourist attraction than a mode of transportation.

    The rail system in Ecuador has suffered its fair share of abuse from the constant flooding and landsliding that occurs in the harsh topography. However, this famous section still remains, and tourists can ride on top of the train to experience something of a engineering feat.

    The ride is about $10 total, if you take it from riobamba and return. However, it is very easy to get off in Aluasi after you do the devil's nose part of the trip, look around, have lunch, and return on a bus you catch in the center of town (they leave regularly). The train takes a long time (5 hours or so to get to aluasi), while the bus takes less than 2 hours to return.

    In my opinion, the nose isn't the best part of the trip - it is the landscape you go through before you get there that is spectacular!

    Be careful that you don't sit too close to the engine, unless you like neauseating exhaust fumes that is...

    SPEND THE DOLLAR ON THE SEAT CUSHION!!! You will thank me.

    Coming down the devil's nose
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    Devil's Nose railway

    by Rene48 Written Nov 22, 2004

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    The railway from Riobamba to Alausi descends in a sensational zigzag course over the precipitous 'Nariz del diavolo'. The train leaves Riobamba early in the morning, and the best place for a good view is on the roof. But because it's quite cold stay inside the train for the first 3 hours and climb up to the roof only before you reach the devil's nose.

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    Walk About Town

    by lemondrop Written Jan 1, 2008

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    The town of Riobamba is not loaded with must see sights by any means, but there are a few nice little parks and such.

    By night ...and by day
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    Admire the Monuments by Night

    by calcaf38 Written Sep 1, 2007

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    I was too late to enjoy the classic part of the town by daylight, but the monuments were well lit, and the night was very inviting.

    The Post Office The Cathedral The Basilica The Maldonado College Parque Sucre
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    Interesting Architecture

    by calcaf38 Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    The elegant early XX Century buildings have been given sorbet colors in the commercial part of the city. At twilight time, the town comes to life.

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    The Views from Parque 21 de Abril

    by calcaf38 Written Sep 1, 2007

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    I arrived there a bit late, and the day was cloudy, but I could still distinguish the profiles of the surrounding volcanoes.

    Volc��n El Altar Volc��n Tungurahua
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