Welcome to Ambato

The city is proud of its cultural heritage and nicknames itself 'Land of the Three Juans' after the writers Juan Montalvo and Juan León Mera, and lawyer/journalist Juan Benigno Malo. All three Juans are immortalized in Ambato’s parks, museums and buildings.

In 1947 an earthquake destroyed Ambato, the capital of Tungurahua province, and a modern city was rebuilt.

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$280 Day Trips & Excursions

3-day Bike&Hike Trip Cotopaxi Quilotoa Chimborazo the heart of the Andes

ItineraryDay 1: Cotopaxi National ParkStop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi ProvinceAt 07:00 AM we leave Quito and after driving south for 1,5 hours on the Pan-American highway we reach the park entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. We drive through pine forest and soon we arrive at the Visitors Center of the park. After visiting the Center, we continue the ascent in our 4-wheel drive vehicle until we reach the highest point of the tour, 4.500 meters/15.000 feet. The view from this point is stunning and on a clear day, we are able to see 8 volcanoes.We then put on helmets, gloves and protective pads and the bike adventure on the world’s highest active volcano can begin. The first 8 km will take us down 700 m. on dirt roads through volcanic ash and páramo landscape. At 3.800 m. you actually have to do some pedaling while we head down another 8 km between volcanic rocks and wild horses to our lunch spot by an Inca ruin at 3.700 m. With some luck, we might see a condor or a caracara. We put the bikes back on the jeep and head for the lake of Limpiopungo at 3.800 m. where we start the 16 km downhill biking on dirt roads and the bike adventure is over at this time. We then ascend by jeep in a northwest direction into the western Cordillera arriving at Quilotoa to spend the night. The night's retreat is a simple but clean inn located in Quilotoa run by an indigenous family.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: Great organic, home made lunch. Brownies with chocolate from the Amazon Water Tea We cater for diets with specific needsAccommodation included: Overnight in a simple Inn run by the Indigenous community of Quilotoa. Clean. Good bed. Sustainable lodgingDay 2: Quilotoa crater LakeStop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi ProvinceToday we start with an early hike down to the deep, jade-colored Quilotoa Crater Lake. The hike downhill to the lake takes about 30 minutes, and about twice as long to climb back up. But, you can hire a mule or donkey to carry you back to the top, where breakfast will be awaiting you to charge your batteries for the day's adventure! After breakfast, we descend on mountain bikes to Zumbahua. Many years ago, an earthquake destroyed this area. The land has transformed into a rugged formation resembling the terrain from another planet. Lunch is a picnic at a location where we have the opportunity to intermingle with the Quechua Indians or test your artistic skills with the locals painting landscapes of the area.After lunch, we enjoy a 30-minute drive until we reach 4,200 m (13.400 ft). We switch then to human power and the downhill bike ride begins down a long and winding road all the way back to Latacunga, located at 2400 m. (7,600 ft.). We then continue by jeep to URBINA where dinner at a quaint mountain refuge will be waiting for youDuration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Lunch: Great organic, home made lunches. Brownies with cocoa from the Amazon. water. We cater for diets with Specific needs • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in a quaint mountain inn. On a clear night see the Milkyway shining aboveDay 3: Chimborazo to Ambato. Bike on the countryside of EcuadorStop At: Mount Chimborazo, Chimborazo ProvinceWe drive for just over an hour to Mount Chimborazo (6310m), the highest and most impressive of Ecuador's volcanoes. We park at the lower refuge (4800 m) and continue on foot to the Edgar Whymper Refuge. Located at 5000 meters this is the highest refuge in the world! From here, it's all downhill-first on foot and then by bike we descend all the way to Ambato (2800m). This is an amazing bike ride through the highlands, with vicuñas being the sole inhabitants of these wild stretches. On this tour, cyclists enjoy a breathtaking 70 km ride through varying landscapes in just one day. This trip is by far a customer favorite. Seldom does one have the chance to ride from the snow line of a volcano, through rural Andean patchwork fields, picnic with vicuñas and at the end of the ride arrive in a modern city. In Ambato, we load up the bikes and return to Quito by jeep.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Lunch - Great organic, home made lunches. Pineapple up-side down water. We cater for diets with Specific needs No accommodation included on this day.

$360 Food, Wine & Nightlife

2-Days Chimborazo and the Devil´s Nose Private Tour

ItineraryDay 1: A lifetime challenge!Stop At: Ecuador Best Tours, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceWe leave at 08h00 from your hotel in Quito, towards Chimborazo Mountain, which is the highest volcano in Ecuador (6.310 m.a.s.l.) and the farthest point from the centre of the Earth, it means, that it is the closest point on Earth to outer space; this is the reason why it is called “the closest point to the Sun”, because the Earth’s diameter at the equator latitude is wider and greater than the latitude of Mount Everest (about 28° north). The last known eruption is believed to have occurred around 550 A.C. It is located in the Central Andes of Ecuador, just 150 kilometers southwest of Quito. In this magical mountain Alexander Von Humboldt made significant annotations that have contributed to the study of the geology of the planet!Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Monumento Ambato Tierra de Frutas y Flores, Ambato, Tungurahua ProvinceFrom the city of Ambato, we start going up to “El Arenal” (4.200 m.a.s.l.), where we can see the three types of south American camels that the country has, living between inhospitable landscapes and indigenous communities!Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Mount Chimborazo, Chimborazo ProvinceWe could go higher up to 16.404 feet above sea level, to appreciate the majesty of the glaciers!Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Catedral de Riobamba, Riobamba, Chimborazo ProvinceAround 17h00 we will arrive to Riobamba, and we will stay at an Hacienda. If the weather is good enough, we will have the opportunity to enjoy watching the Tungurahua (5.000 m) and Altar volcanoes (5.319 m).Meals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Hacienda Abraspungo or Hotel Casa RealDay 2: Unforgettable Train Ride!Pass By: Catedral de Riobamba, Riobamba, Chimborazo ProvinceAt 06h00 we start our journey to Alausí Train Station, which is located at 2.346 meters above sea level.Stop At: Centro Historico de Alausi, Alausi, Chimborazo ProvinceFrom there we will take the train, at 08h00, to go through the unique railway, which was considered the most difficult one to build in the early years of the twentieth century, to the famous “Devil's Nose”, where a majestic piece of engineering is worldwide appreciated! Descending from a particular zigzag railway towards the forgotten Sibambe community that is at 1.900 meters, where we can photograph the mountain formerly known as “Condor Puñay”.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Market Guamote, Riobamba, Chimborazo ProvinceWe begin our return to Quito, but not before visiting the charming Guamote Indian Market (Thursday), where you can clearly learn more about the Puruhá culture!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceWe will be back in Quito approximately at 18h30.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$174 Day Trips & Excursions

'Tren del Hielo II' Experience: Ambato - Mocha - Urbina - Cevallos - Ambato

Central AndesIce Train II Ambato – Mocha – Urbina – Cevallos – AmbatoDistance 43 KMItinerary07H30: Check In. Ambato Station08H00: Approach in Autoferro08h45: Stop in Cevallos to use toilets (10 minutes)09h45: Arrival Station Urbina09h50: Breakfast at Cafe del Tren (includes ticket of $ 1.00 for consumption)10h20: Visit Artisan Square and Interpretation Centre Ice11H00: Boarding and Exiting a Cevallos11h50: Arrival Station Cevallos12H00: Briefing of activities and guided walk to the restaurant12H30: Free Lunch13H30: Visit workshops leather and footwear14H30: Free time to visit and buy shoes15H30: Return to the station, crafts, jams and dance farewell16H00: Boarding and return to Ambato16h45: Arrival in Ambato. End of tour

$150 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private transportation Quito to Banos

We pick them up from the hotel or place indicated by the client. We make sure that luggage and all belongings are in the vehicle. During the trip, we will cross the E35 road, passing through cities such as Latacunga, Salcedo, Ambato and Pelileo, finally, we will arrive at Banos de Agua Santa. The transfers do not include food and drinks. During the trip the client can request the stops that he requires. If you require another route than the one specified, you can agree with the driver to take alternative routes, this may change the final cost of the transfer. If you have more questions, contact us. It will be a pleasure to assist you.