"Riobamba and Chimborazo" Top 5 Page for this destination Riobamba by MalenaN

Riobamba Travel Guide: 53 reviews and 272 photos

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. I visited Riobamba again in 2014.

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 Sep 21, 2014
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  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Poor you being food poisoned :( I hope you get to climb Chimborazo one day.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Jun 7, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      Yes, Chimborazo is still on my wishlist! Thank you Regina for visiting my Riobamba page!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Nice page, you are the undisputed expert on South America here!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Another great page about your adventures in Ecuador. I really like the photo of the old steam train in front of the train station.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Nov 17, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      Thank you Holger for visiting my page! I have not yet travelled by train in Ecuador. Maybe another time :)

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    What a great place ! Good to see they have kept that old steam-train !

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Ecuador has renovated the railway in the country and now run train tours for tourists.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Malena, you've added lots of interesting new tips since I last looked at this page.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 18, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Thank you Don for coming back to my page to read my new tips!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    You've really got impressive sights of Chimborazo! Your third visit to Riobamba and the mountain biking tour was successful!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 14, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Chimborazo is such an impressive mountain! Thanks for visiting my page Sergey!

  • rosata's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2014 at 4:50 AM

    Interesting reading and lovely photos, thanks for sharing! Lia

  • Sep 21, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    It's been lovely exploring Riobamba with you Malena. Nice to have the time for it too! :)

    • Sep 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      i only work 1 day a week, on fridays. but today i am working to cover for a lady that is away. working is easier then running after child - i just sit on my butt here at work and play on the computer all day! hahaha

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Sep 22, 2014 at 8:06 AM

      Sounds like a nice work :) Well, at least sometimes it can be good not to be busy every single minute at work.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    Interesting page Malena! The bicycle ride looked quite challenging!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      May 15, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      It was a great bicycle ride! Thanks for visiting Dee!

  • 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.

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