"One Night in Rio... bamba that is" Top 5 Page for this destination Riobamba by calcaf38
Riobamba Travel Guide: 40 reviews and 204 photos
Conventional wisdom states that Riobamba is a dreary town where one has to spend one night in order to catch the famous train early the following day.
My experience was quite the opposite. I am glad I spent one evening in Riobamba, especially as the train was rather a letdown.
In order to find out about the train, please see my Alausi page.
Important fact for independent travelers: On a map, Riobamba is halfway between Quito and Cuenca. In reality, it takes more time to go from Riobamba to Cuenca than from Quito to Riobamba. In the Northern half of the trek, the terrain is flat (albeit high) and the roads are straight. In the Southern half, the roads were built on steep grades, and loop around vertiginous mountains.
I apologize for the lightweight commentary accompanying the photos. I simply didn't spend enough time in Riobamba to find out a lot. Nevertheless, the town exerted its charm on me.
The elevation of Riobamba is 2,750m = 9,022ft
- Pros:Architecture, plus a certain je ne sais quoi
- Cons:Night falls early
- In a nutshell:A fine place to spend the night
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