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Top Choice Museum in Riobamba

Museo de Arte Religioso

Inside the beautifully restored 18th-century convent, Riobamba’s top museum houses one of the country’s finest collections of 17th- and 18th-century religious art. More than 200 pieces in 15 different rooms include …
Top Choice Ecuadorian in Riobamba

El Delirio

Named for a poem by the great liberator, Simón Bolívar, this former hacienda (now in the city center) serves comida típica in a candlelit dining room. The open fire, wooden booths, antiques and artwork-covered walls…
Craft Beer in Riobamba

Beer Garden

Defying expectations based on its name, Beer Garden is, in fact, an indoor bar, serving a range of local cerveza artesanales (craft beers), sandwiches and bar snacks. Murals cover the walls, snaking around cabinets …
Market in Riobamba

Mercado La Merced

The women hawking hornado (whole roast pig) put on a pretty hard sell, yelling out for your attention and offering samples. If you can stand the pressure and you’re up for dining with flayed Wilburs on every side, t…
Market in Riobamba

Fería Artesanal

The Saturday market transforms Riobamba into a hive of commercial activity, when thousands of people from surrounding villages come to barter, buy and sell, spreading out their wares along in and around Plaza de la …
Ecuadorian in Riobamba


This friendly restaurant is a good bet for good breakfasts, lunchtime sandwiches and burgers and evening meals. It's open all day, making it a great place to drop in for an afternoon coffee with humita (a local snac…
Cathedral in Riobamba


The ornate, baroque facade of Riobamba's cathedral was reconstructed from fragments after the 1797 earthquake that destroyed the town. Made from white limestone, the relief depicts both indigenous and Spanish images…
Church in Riobamba


Parque La Libertad is anchored by this neoclassical basilica, famous for being the only round church in Ecuador. It was designed, built and decorated mainly by locals, making it a great source of civic pride. It's o…
Museum in Riobamba

Museo de la Ciudad

Built in the 1900s by the Costales-Dávalos family, this beautifully restored historic building has a few old-time pictures of the city, rotating art exhibits and historic artifacts. It lacks good information, but is…
Arts & Crafts in Riobamba

Tagua Workshop

Byron Landeta's workshop has Riobamba’s best selection of tagua items, carved from the nut of a palm tree. Tagua carving has been in Landetta's family for more than 100 years.