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Riobamba uncovered

23 Aug 2007  Recent stay in Riobamba for 8 weeks as an English Teacher
0.0 of 5 stars based on 0 votes

A few random things about Riobamba, which may not be in the tourist books. I enjoyed my stay in Riobamba immensely, however it is not an action packed tourist destination. The beauty of Riobamba is the people and the chance I had to live in a not-so-gringo Ecuadorian town. Riobamba is a larger town, and a bus hub. You can get buses to Quito almost anytime of the day. The city is mostly flat, even though you are at an elevation comparable to Quito -- 2750m. The temperature can be cool, especially at night. Most modern amenities are in Riobamba, except there is no movie theater.

  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing
  • Appeals to: Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • 1. Hotel Tren Dorado

    Carabobo y 10 de Agosto -- very convienent location, near Train Station
    Accomodations are clean, breakfast is included. There are not that many high-end hotels in Riobamba. The courtyard is very pretty. There is a laundry place adjacent to the hotel as well as a good internet cafe with fast connections, and about 10 machines.
    If not staying at the Hotel Tren Dorado, there is still a post office drop box to mail postcards, etc. I found it more convienent than walking to the post office, which is at Espejo y 10 de Agosto.

  • 2. Parque Sucre

    10 de Agosto y España
    Nice public square/park for people watching -- good meeting point.

  • 3. 21 de Abril Parque - Loma de Quito

    Located at Argentinos y Francia
    church and good view point for Riobamba. You can see Chimborazo and other snowcapped volcanoes from here.

  • 4. Chimborazo in a taxi

    You can hire a taxi from Riobamba for about $35 to take you to Chimborazo. It takes about 1.5 hours to drive there. The driver will wait for you as he drives you to the first refugio. From there, you can hike to the second refugio. It will be an exhausting hike of about 45 minutes until you reach the 2nd refugio. There are primitive cafes at the refugios with very simple, rustic bathrooms and simple snacks and drinks.

  • 5. Guano

    Is a nearby town to Riobamba. If you are on an extended stay in Riobamba, you may find an afternoon trip here interesting. Otherwise, there's not a lot here. Guano is known for shoes and also loomed rugs. The food in Guano is typically Frittada (fried pork) and another pastry of bread that is not especially savory, but it is ok.

  • 6. Very cute cafe

    I'm sorry, but I can't remember the name of the cute cafe located on Espejo near Olmedo. It is near La Merced. They serve awesome sandwiches, lattes, and pastries. In addition, they have a small wine selection and truffles. The view overlooking a courtyard is very pretty. There is an adjacent bookstore which is nice. I think the bookstore is associated with the University.

  • 7. German Deli & Language School

    There is a nice German deli on Veloz, between Montalvo and Juan Lavalle. The people are very friendly, and they also have a language school, where they teach Spanish and German. Myriam, the instructor, is very flexible with your schedule and gives lessons for about $5 per hour.

  • 8. Good place to spot Cuy

    To see roasting cuys, go to Mariana de Jesus and Argentinos (I think!). But go before 1pm as they may be sold out.