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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$360 Private & Custom Tours


DAY 1: We 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! From 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! We could go higher up to 16.404 feet above sea level, to appreciate the majesty of the glaciers! Around 17h00 we will arrive to Riobamba, and we will stay at Hacienda Abraspungo. If the weather is nice enough, we will have the chance to enjoy watching the Tungurahua (5.000 m) and Altar volcanoes (5.319 m). DAY 2: At 06h00 we start our journey to Alausí Station, which is located at 2.346 meters above sea level. From 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”. We 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! We will be back in Quito approximately at 18h30.

$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