What can you do in Riobamba?

streets of Riobamba

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Located at the foot of some of the most impressive volcanoes in South America, Riobamba is a city known for its stunning natural surroundings. And since visiting it is sure to be on your Ecuador travel plans, we’re going to tell you what to do in Riobamba so you can choose how to spend your time there.

Walk around the city of Riobamba

Riobamba was founded by Spaniards in 1799 so its architecture is based on European styles. Just a stroll through its streets and you’ll realize that this city is different and special.

You can visit the Plaza Mayor, which was the first square built in the city and where the cathedral is located. You can also choose to see some of its most important museums, such as the Museum of Religious Art of La Concepción, which preserves the cultural traditions of Old Riobamba.

colonial buildings in Riobamba Ecuador


You know how close Riobamba is to the mountains, so what better than a ascent to the Cotopaxi and Chimborazo volcanoes, two of the best trekking routes in all of South America.

Chimborazo climb

One option is to do the Chimborazo climb, a volcano at more than 6000 metres above sea level and the closest point to the sun, because if you didn’t know the Chimborazo holds a very special record, its height can surpass Everest.

Besides, you won’t have to worry about how to get to Chimborazo, a guide will accompany you during the whole route.

Chimborazo Volcano in Ecuador

Ascension to the Cotopaxi

The other option is to make a climb to Cotopaxi, the second highest peak in Ecuador. It’s a shorter alternative, with a height of 5897 metres, but the climb is still just as exciting.

top of the Cotopaxi volcano

Taste its gastronomy

The Ecuadorian gastronomy is full of delicious and original dishes that you can try in Riobamba.

Although in this region they also have their own recipes, such as hornado riobambeño with pork, rompenucas which are fresh fruit juices or guagua mama con fritada another dish made with meat. So yummy!

hornado from riobamba in Ecuador

Visit the surroundings

The countryside around Riobamba is a real gem. Near the city, you can visit the Altillo lagoons, the Palmira desert, or another of the extinct volcanoes like the Tulabug.

No doubt, if you like nature, Riobamba is your place, there are hundreds of beautiful places to visit.

overview of Palmira dessert in Ecuador

Now that you know what to do in Riobamba you won’t want to miss any of these plans, can you think of any more? Tell us about it!


Celia loves animals and traveling, and if she can combine both and escape anywhere with her dog, her happiness is assured.

She loves nature in general, and the mountains in particular, so it is normal to find her on her days off with her trekking poles on her back. In Howlanders blog he gives us tips and recommendations that he has learned in each of his trips.

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