Ambato attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Ambato

Quinta de Juan León Mera

Several famous ambateños (people from Ambato) had quintas that survived the earthquake. They were once considered countryside homes, but today they are right on the edge of this growing city. Admission to the Quinta…
Top Choice Museum in Ambato

Museo Provincial Casa del Portal

This majestic home was built in 1900 and now houses Ambato's best museum. There are tons of interesting historic photos on the 1st floor. Head up to the 2nd floor and you will find six galleries featuring both origi…
Museum in Ambato

Casa y Mausoleo de Montalvo

On the northwest side of Parque Juan Montalvo is this museum in Montalvo’s pied-à-terre; the grand mausoleum in which the writer is interred is on the same site. Montalvo was politically liberal and his writings wer…
Museum in Ambato

Quinta de Juan Montalvo

This 200-year-old house was the countryside retreat of writer Juan Montalvo, the ‘Cervantes of America.’ There’s a tiny but well-put-together museum dedicated to the author – his house was really small – and the pre…
National Park in Ambato

Parque Nacional Llanganates

They say there’s lost Inca treasure buried somewhere in the remote and inaccessible wilderness of the 2197-sq-km Parque Nacional Llanganates. The park encompasses broad swaths of páramo, cloud forest, tropical fores…
Cathedral in Ambato


Ambato once had an old cathedral, but it was destroyed along with the rest of the city by the 1947 earthquake. Many people consider the replacement temple on Parque Juan Montalvo, with its minimalist vertical lines,…
Museum in Ambato

Museo de Ciencias Naturales

Although a bit dusty, this natural history museum in the Colegio Bolívar houses Ecuador’s most thorough collection of stuffed birds, mammals and reptiles. Exhibits include an extensive collection of pre-Columbian bo…
Museum in Ambato

Museo de Arte de la Casa de la Cultura

Featuring an excellent collection of Ecuadorian oils and acrylics from the 18th through 21st centuries, this fun little museum takes just 10 minutes to walk through.
Museum in Ambato

Museo Pictórico Edmundo Martínez

Housed in a stone-faced mansion, this small museum has occasional live music and rotating exhibits from local artists.