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Altitude: 2,754 m (9,035 ft)
Population: 144,795
Phone Code: 03

Broad streets and aging, but still-charming colonial buildings characterize this buzzing town, situated in the heart of the central Andes. The capital of Chimborazo Province, Riobamba is a commercial hub and cultural center for both nearby indigenous communities and the city's more European-styled constituents. Originally located 20 kilometers south — until an earthquake leveled it in 1797 — today’s Riobamba features several attractive cathedrals, plazas and parks, including the noteworthy Parque Maldonado, Parque Sucre, Parque Guayaquil and Santa Bárbara Cathedral.

On clear days, the city boasts unparalleled views of five of the region’s volcanic peaks: Chimborazo, Altar, Tungurahua, Carihuairazo and Sangay. (Find a hotel with a rooftop terrace and spend the morning savoring the stunning view). Saturday is market day, when indigenous people from across the region come to sell their wares.

While the market in Plaza de la Concepción (Orozco y Colón, south of the Convento de la Concepción) is geared towards tourists, the San Alfonso (Argentinos y 5 de Junio) and La Condamine (Carabobo y Colombia) markets are also worthwhile browsing-stops, especially if you’re looking for fresh fruit or traditional textiles. Despite its agreeable, laidback-but-busy atmosphere, Riobamba is probably more known as a gateway to nearby sites than as a destination in and of itself. You can go off-the-rails with the famous Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose) train ride, venture into the wilds of nearby Chimborazo, or trail-blaze through the northern stretch of Parque Nacional Sangay.


Other places nearby Riobamba: Chugchilán, Zumbahua, Latacunga, Sigchos, Cotopaxi National Park, Ambato, Saquisilí, Tigua, Pujili and Quilotoa.

12 Apr 2013

Top Hotels in Riobamba

Hotel San Pedro de Riobamba

Hotel San Pedro is an example of colonial republican Ecuadorian luxury. Built in the 20th century, this house belonged to a worker from the Ecuadorian railway company who provided lodging to early ...
Riobamba, Ecuador

El Troje

Located in the pleasant countryside just 5 minutes from Riobamba, El Troje is a traveler\'s dream. Rustic meets modern in this lovely hosterĂ­a, which boasts 48 stylish rooms (fully equipped with TV ...
Riobamba, Ecuador

Hotel Tren Dorado

Clean bathrooms, spacious comfortable rooms, friendly service and an excellent location makes Hotel Tren Dorado a great place to lay your backpack for a a few days while you explore Riobamba. Painted ...
Riobamba, Ecuador

Hostal Montecarlo

Located only a few blocks from the train station, Montecarlo is a very convenient place to stay. Its rooms are comfortable; they are not the most elegant but are sufficient nonetheless. There is also ...
Riobamba, Ecuador

Hotel Zeus Internacional

Hotel Zeus is one of the nicer hotels in Riobamba, and is of excellent value given its reasonable prices and long list of amenities. Polished wooden accents give the rooms a comfortable, earthly ...
Riobamba, Ecuador

HosterĂ­a La Andaluza

109676This charming hotel is located about 10 minutes away from Riobamba and is the perfect place to stay if you want a quiet countryside experience in the area. Located near Chimborazo, you can enjoy the ...
Riobamba, Ecuador

Hotel Rioroma

The rooms at Rioroma are first rate, with full carpeting, private baths, telephones and cable TV. It also provides private parking and a restaurant. Its 32 rooms come in simple, double and triple ...
Riobamba, Ecuador


The Hacienda Abraspungo was built in traditional Spanish style and is set amid extensive, flowered grounds. It offers 42 beautiful single, double and triple suites. Located 3.5 kilometers (2.2 mi) ...
Riobamba, Ecuador

Things to See and Do in Riobamba

Horseback trip to Salinas

110243Near Riobamba, you can ride horses through the Chimborazo highlands, rounding the magnificent volcano, and crossing into the national reserve, where you can admire the wildlife of the páramo. To ...
Adventure Tour
Riobamba, Ecuador

Catedral de Riobamba

127155Riobamba\'s original cathedral was destroyed in an earthquake that leveled the majority of the city in 1797. Elements of the baroque-style façade were rescued and reused in the reconstruction of the ...
Historical Building
Riobamba, Ecuador

La Virgen de la Merced

130041La Virgen de la Merced is a pretty white and red church on the corner of Eugenio Espejo and Guayaquil streets, across from the Riobamba food market. An inscription inside the vestibule reads ...
Historical Building
Riobamba, Ecuador

Parque Sucre

Parque Sucre was created in the Plaza de Santo Domingo to honor a hero of the Ecuadorian fight for independence, Antonio José de Sucre. The foundation stone for Parque Sucre was laid on Aug. 10, ...
City Park
Riobamba, Ecuador

La Balbanera Church

When the Spanish came to Ecuador, one of the first places they settled was Riobamba area (after conquering what was then part of the Inca empire). One of the first things they built was La Balbanera ...
Historical Building
Riobamba, Ecuador
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