Riobamba is situated 2750 meters above sea level and surrounded by majestic volcanoes, some of which are still active. Because of this privileged location, the city is also known as ‘Sultana of the Andes‘. Due to a strong earthquake in 1797, which destroyed the city almost completely, it possesses almost no historical buildings. Nevertheless, it is a worthwhile destination: A large share of the population is of indigenous origin, which is why many traditions and customs have been retained until today. This can be observed best at the numerous vibrant city markets, where traditionally dressed market-women offer a large variety of products. Furthermore, the city is a perfect starting point for excursions to the surrounding volcanic mountains and the spectacular train ride to the Devil‘s Nose.
Hiking and Excursions
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Places: Quito (2 days) → Galapagos (4) → Lima (2) → Sacred Valley (1) → Cusco (2) → Lima (1)
Tour Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Middle Of The World Equator, Independence Square, UNESCO World Heritage Site...
Step back in time at Hostería La Andaluza, a stately 15th century hacienda full of class and historical relevance. The property has been a meeting point for distinguished personalities, and has been officially declared a Cultural Heritage of Ecuador.