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Tourists mainly come to Riobamba for trekking, mountain biking and to organize a Chimborazo climb. For two years I have now wanted to climb Chimborazo, but last year when I was in Ecuador I broke my wrist and this year I first had a fever and then a cough, and thus not feeling well enough to acclimatize for the climb. I came to Riobamba anyway to at least do the mountain biking tour to Chimborazo with visits to the refugios.

Riobamba is situated in the central Andes at an elevation of 2750m. There are around 180 000 inhabitants in Riobamba, and the city is the capital of Provincia de Chimborazo. The name Riobamba comes from the Spanish word río (river) and a Kichwa word meaning valley. The city is situated in the Chambo River Valley.

The area was first populated by the Puhurá Indians and then for a short period by the Incas. The Spaniards founded Riobamba in 1534, not at the present location but near the village Cajabamba 17km away. In 1797 the area was struck by a terrible earthquake and Riobamaba was destroyed by a landslide. After that Riobamba was moved to its present location. In 1830 Ecuador’s first constitution was signed in Riobamab.

The average temperature in Riobamab is between 14°C and 23°C year round. There is a wet season and a dry season (May – September)

Besides trekking, mountain biking and climbing in the vicinity of Riobamba there are other things you can do as a tourist. From Riobamba you can take a train to either Urbina or Colta, there are a few museums and you can stroll around and visit some of the squares and churches. Saturday is market day and many people comein to town to sell their products. There is also a market on Thursdays.

  • Last visit to Riobamba: Jul 2013
  • Intro Updated Aug 31, 2013
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Your trip to Riobamba and Chimborazo looks and sounds like a very enjoyable experience! It makes it even better when you manage to get some exercise thrown in as well as you biked up and down the mountains. Thanks for the great photos of all the amazing sights you managed to come across on this trip.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jan 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Hello Glenn, Nice to see you online, it was a long time ago since I saw you around. The biking tour from Chimborazo was absolutely wonderful, great views of the volcano, vicuñas and good exercise.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Mountain Biking on such terrain would not be for me but it looks like you had such fun. I also love guacamole with nachos.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Dec 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      The food at the Mexican restaurant was really good, and yes, the mountain biking was great fun!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    I love your photos of Chimborazo! The hotel looks a good find too :-)

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Sep 28, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Hopefully I come back to climb Chimborazo already next year.

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Your tips contain great information !!!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Sep 10, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    Wonderful journal of your time in Riobamba with good tips and excellent pictures! The scenery in the mountains was beautiful!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Sep 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      Thank you for visiting Sylvia! The view of Chimborazo was really impressive!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Nice start on this new page. I see you were in Riobamba in July 2013.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Aug 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Yes, I was in Riobamba less than a month ago. From here I went on a biking tour to Volcan Chimborazo, a mountain I would like to go to the top of, but this year I could not get acclimatized enough because I had a cough.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    The cathedral is absolutely charming. Helpful tip!

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