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Ambato

Altitude: 2,500 m (8,200 ft)
Population: 329,856
Phone Code: 03

The Central Andes' biggest city, located a couple of hours south of Quito, tends to be more of a bus stopover than a tourist destination, and most travelers choose to continue on to the livelier and more appealing town of Baños, a mere hour away. This is partly due to the destruction of the 1949 earthquake, which killed 6,000 people and destroyed the city's colonial center. Much of Ambato is modern and rather plain as a result. But Ambato isn't without attractions though, and there a couple of decent museums and appealing parks. In addition, nobody can argue that Ambato doesn't present visitors with an authentic Ecuadorian experience, particularly when it comes to its busy markets.

Carnival, held annually in February or March, is when Ambato really comes alive. The city's festival, Fiesta de las Flores y las Frutas (festival of flowers and fruits), has grown tremendously in reputation, if not in reality. The festival is advertised as a two-week-long celebration with colorful parades, festivities and bullfights. If there was ever such a huge festival in Ambato, though, there isn’t now. What you get, instead, is four nights of dancing and drinking (and afternoon bullfights) in the build up to Ash Wednesday, a Roman Catholic observance that kicks off Lent. Plan to book early if you want to spend the weekend in Ambato, as accommodations fill up quickly.

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Other places nearby Ambato: IsinlivĂ­, Cotopaxi National Park, Chillanes, Sigchos, Zumbahua, AlausĂ­, Latacunga, Riobamba, Salinas de BolĂ­var and Tigua.







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Hotels and Hostels in Ambato

Hotel Ambato

Hotel Ambato is the easily the cushiest place in town (with prices to match). If your budget allows it, you\'ll be rewarded with a glossy, modern hotel that offers spacious rooms and suites, a quiet ...
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Ambato, Ecuador

Hotel Señorial

Look past the odd decor that\'s reminiscent of a bad 80ÂŽs film, and you will see that this is actually a perfectly agreeable and well-kept hotel. The rooms have big beds, cable TV and WiFi, and ...
Hotel
Ambato, Ecuador

Gran Hotel

The Gran Hotel is better than it looks from the outside: it\'s housed in a shabby, nondescript building, so it\'s a relief to step into the shiny, modern lobby. The foyer is rather deceptive however, ...
Hotel
Ambato, Ecuador

Quinta Loren

This small but pleasant hostería is surrounded by beautiful gardens and fruit orchards—a nod to Ambato, the town in which it is located, home of the nationally famous Festival of Fruits and ...
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Ambato, Ecuador

Hotel Roka Plaza

Hotel Roka Plaza provides the nearby Hotel Ambato with some healthy competition when it comes to the nicest place to stay in the city. It doesn\'t have the facilities or space that Hotel Ambato ...
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Ambato, Ecuador

Food in Ambato: Top Restaurants

La Fornace

This highly popular joint serves delicious wood-fired pizza, made from scratch and cooked in a massive antique brick oven. The thin crust and fresh ingredients easily make it a town favorite, and ...
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Ambato, Ecuador

Oasis Café

This lovely café specializes in helado (ice cream), which comes in a variety of yummy flavors. If you\'re looking for a place to spend a few hours relaxing with dessert and a coffee you\'ve found ...
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Ambato, Ecuador

El Álamo Chalet Restaurante

As you’re wandering down Av. Cevallos, El Álamo Chalet will likely catch your eye, simply because it really does look like a mountain chalet-albeit on a busy Ambato street. While El Álamo aspires ...
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Ambato, Ecuador

El Gaucho

El Gaucho has been an Ambato staple for years, serving sizzling and tender Argentine-style steaks at affordable prices. Although the decor is sparse (the experience is more like eating in a ...
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Ambato, Ecuador

El Álamo Chalet Restaurante

As you’re wandering down Av. Cevallos, El Álamo Chalet will likely catch your eye, simply because it really does look like a mountain chalet-albeit on a busy Ambato street. While El Álamo aspires ...
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Ambato, Ecuador
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