Riobamba Travel Guide

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    Chimborazo seen from Riobamba
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Riobamba Things to Do

  • La Catedral and Basilica

    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...

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  • Museo de Arte Religioso

    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...

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  • Art exhibition

    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...

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  • Nariz del Diablo

    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...

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  • Walk About Town

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

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  • TRAIN RIDE TO NARIZ DEL DIABLO

    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....

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Riobamba Hotels

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  • Hosteria La Andaluza

    foot of Chimborazo, Riobamba, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Abraspungo

    Hacienda Abraspungo is a bueatifully-restored farmhouse on the outskirts of Riobamba. Only a $3 cab...

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  • Hotel el Libertador

    Av. Daniel Leon Borja y Carabobo, La Estacion, Riobamba, 5203, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Riobamba Restaurants

  • Restaurant La Fogata

    I have eaten lunch here a few times and there was always many other lunch guests there as well. The set lunch (almuerzo) was $2.50 (July 2014). The first time the soup was large and filling and after that I got a plate with meat, rice and potatoe. The drink was papaya juice. La Fogata is situated next to Chifa Casa China, opposite the train...

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  • Deli Prestigios Gourmet – Panaderia y...

    Deli Prestigios Gourmet is a small place on 10 de Agosto, the main street through the city. They sell bread, pastries, cakes, chocolate and ice cream. You can also order sandwiches and cakes. They have two tables and I sat down here for a while with an ice cream and coffee. It was $2 (July 2014).

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  • Chifa Casa China

    The day I had been on the Chimborazo biking tour we came back quite late to Riobamba and I didn’t want to walk too far for food, but I didn’t want to have fried chicken and French fries. Casa China was situated just a few blocks away from my hotel so that is where I went. I ordered noodles with shrimps and a lemonade. The portion was very big, so...

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  • Green Frost

    I think Green Frost is a quite new place, because I can’t remember seeing it when I visited Riobamba in 2013. At Green Frost they sell natural frozen yogurt with topping. As topping you can get different fruits, nuts and sauces. I paid $1.50 (July 2014) for a frozen yogurt with fruits and $0.40 for a bottle of coca-cola.

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  • Baltimore – Bar Cafeteria

    On Avenida Borja, northwest of the train station, there are several restaurants and bars with outdoor tables. One of them is Baltimore. I needed something to eat, but not too much as I had been sick (food poisoned). At Baltimore I bought two small burritos to take away. While I waited I got some nacho chips (which I ate) and also in the box with...

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  • La Vienesa – Panaderia & Cafeteria

    Lunch was not included in the bicycle tour to Chimborazo, but we had been recommended to order sandwiches from La Vienesa (Pro Bici made the order). I had ordered two chicken sandwiches and they were ready when we came to pick them up in the morning. Besides chicken there was salad, tomatoes and a sauce on the sandwiches. They tasted quite good and...

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Riobamba Nightlife

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    by SivanG Written Aug 21, 2004

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    El Tentadero- good mix of salsa, merengue, reggaeton (spanish hiphop), and some occasional American music. Good place, cover about $2-3, usually with free drinks.

    San Valentin- a ten second walk from El Tentadero, it's a good place to do some predancing drinking/ postdancing sobering up. Cheap beer, good food, lots of places to sit- it can get a bit crazy during weekends though.

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Riobamba Transportation

  • To Baños from Riobamba

    I did not know that the direct road between Riobamba and Baños had been open again for quite some time, and somehow I had not realised there were two bus terminals in Riobamba. I have a guidebook but as this was my forth visit to Ecuador I did not open it much. If I had I would have got the right information. So, instead of going to Terminal...

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  • The Train Station and trains

    I didn’t travel by train from Riobamba, but I visited the train station to see what options there are and to ask how much the tours are. In July it seems that you need to book at least a day or two in advance. From Riobamba there are round trips to Urbina and to Colta on Thursday – Sunday and on Public Holidays. The Riobamba – Urbina tour returns...

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  • From Riobamba to Urbina

    When I was staying in Urbina for a few days I went to Riobamba one day. In the morning I got a ride from Urbina to Riobamba with Rodrigo from Posada del Estacion, and his wife. Going back I took the bus from the main terminal. When I arrived there was a bus leaving at that moment for Quito. I thought I could take it but the chauffer said no, the...

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Riobamba Shopping

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    by MalenaN Written Sep 19, 2014

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    There are several markets in Riobamba. At Parque de la Concepción you can buy handicraft, textiles and clothes. The square was full with stalls and local shoppers during the weekend, but quieter during the week.

    At Mercado San Francisco and Mercado La Condamine you can buy fruits, vegetables, meat etc. There are also many cheap eateries. I wanted to go to Mercado La Condamine a Saturday morning to buy a fruit juice with ice from Chimborazo. I had a couple of days earlier seen Baltazar, el ultimo hielero, working hard at the glacier ice of Chimborazo. He comes into town to sell his ice on Saturdays and it is used in juices at the market. Unfortunately I had been food poisoned and stayed in bed.

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Riobamba Local Customs

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    by jglsongs Written Aug 11, 2005

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    One thing that I did see in the small towns and markets of Ecuador - tourists seeing the indigenous people (mainly the women with their distinct hats and clothes) and snapping pictures of them as if they were in a wax museum.

    These are people - locals - you are their guest. Instead of snapping pictures of them - go up and say hello (preferrably in Español...or Quechua if you can!). Their main goal is for you to buy something, of course, but talking to people one-on-one instead of treating them like museum pieces will make the experience a lot more interesting and rewarding.

    If you want to take pictures, ask, like you would anyone else. Then...buy something from them, or give up some pocket change.

    I had their permission to snap a pic
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Riobamba What to Pack

  • Damn, it gets cold

    Sweaters! Lots of them. I brought 2 sweatshirts and lots of longsleeved shirts- I was in a constant state of being frozen. I recommend several sweatshirts and lots of fleece, a good hat, scarves, etc. for nighttime. During the day its usually nice but at night I was cold.

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  • Cold and rain gear

    You will want to go to the more remote places. Make sure to bring good gore tex rain gear, excellent hiking shoes. Remember that you are at altitude. The moment the sun goes down it is very cold. Do not spoil your trip. Be prepared and enjoy. Bring everything that you think you might need. Spend your time enjoying this unique space instead of...

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Riobamba Off The Beaten Path

  • Yallow Lagoon trek with Ecuador Eco...

    We were with the family 3 weeks in Ecuador with the Tour Operador "Ecuador Eco Tours" and during those 3 weeks, we took a trek to El Altar...that was really a beautiful experience!They do great things, with the little details... We starter at 8am, going in a comfortable jeep with our guide Telmo, til the entrance of the Sangay National Park. Then...

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  • Tour to Chimborazo and mountain biking

    Not off the beaten path, but not in Riobamba.In the morning I was picked up outside my hotel at 8:15,and then we, the guide Alejandro from Pro Bici and James from England, went to a café to pick up some sandwiches before we started the drive to Chimborazo. At some places along the road Alejandro stopped the car to tell us interesting things to...

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  • La Nariz del Diablo - Loco'motive

    Devils Nose VidThe train departs very early from Riobamba (7.30am from memory) for this famous train journey to Alausi, called La Nariz del Diablo because of one section where the train has to get down a virtually sheer cliff face, which is supposed to resemble a nose.The cost was $15 and you have the choice of sitting inside the train or on the...

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Riobamba Sports & Outdoors

  • Climbing with Julio Verne Travel

    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...

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  • Biking with Pro Bici

    Biking with Pro BiciI went on a mountain biking tour down from Chimborazo with Pro Bici and I can really recommend it. Besides going on a biking tour with Pro Bici you can also rent bikes there.It is not easy to find Pro Bici, as it is situated on the second floor (first floor) above a store selling fabrics, and you have to go through the store to...

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  • 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.

Riobamba Favorites

  • View of Chimborazo

    When I visited Riobamba in 2013 you could not see Chimborazo from the city, it was not clear enough. Even if you don’t see the mountain from the city, the views of the mountain can be clear when you get higher up. Luckily that was the case when I went on a biking tour to Chimborazo. The top of Chimborazo could be seen from Riobamba several times...

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  • Nice town in the Andes Mountains

    Although my visit to and my memories of Riobamba is influenced by the fact that I had my camera stolen on the bus, I still liked the town. I liked it even more, when I found a place to buy a new camera. The town has some nice plazas and impressive buildings and churches.

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