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Feb 15, 2018 - Missing volcano and moving day.

Hi, we are at our new hotel near Riobamba. Sounds like a really nice town but not sure yet. The Wi-fi is a lot iffy and photos have not come through from my phone yet. Probably have to update tomorrow when we get back to civilisation. Today was a strange and frustrating one as we spent a lot of it in the minibus travelling from Quito on the Pacific highway towards Riobamba. We stopped to look over Quito on the way out but nothing had changed since yesterday. The further south and nearer Peru the more reckless the driving became. Driving...

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Jan 5, 2013 - Riobamba

Friday morning, after having breakfast and running a few errands, I checked out of Hostal Quito Cultural and headed out to Riobamba, another city in the mountains. Usually, there isn't much to tell about travel days, but this trip was rather interesting. First of all, I was convinced to take the tram all the way to the southern bus terminal. As I mentionned before, the bus terminals are located at both ends of the city and very far from the centre. The tram (electric bus on a dediacted track) costs $0.25. You read this right: 25 cents. The...

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Oct 21, 2012 - Quito to Riobamba via Volcano Alley

Today's driving was only 220km and it would have been less if we and the Donnans had not decided to try a lttle diversion to Laguna de Limpiopungo (Lake clean place). We had set off earlier than most to allow time for dawdling and turned off after about 46km. It was only a short distance before our eyes told us that the tarmac had been replaced by cobbles and a signpost informed us that there would be 20km of cobbles in each direction. We turned back. There then followed a most enjoyable drive in sunshine and a little rain through...

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La Gira Andina 2012

May 27, 2012 - Guidando sull'altopiano

Arriviamo a Riobamba dopo molte più ore del previsto. La distanza da Cuenca è di soli 250 km, ma per percorrerli a noi ci vogliono 9 ore. Perdiamo infatti un’ora, non molto lontani da Cuenca, per riparare un guasto al truck, dopodiché, dopo aver passato magnifici paesaggi montani, dove candide nuvole bianche galleggiano al di sotto di noi, entriamo noi stessi al loro interno, rimanendo per ore nella nebbia più totale. Sulla strada incrociamo villaggi pieni di ragazzini che giocano a calcio nella foschia, gli altri che li osservano per...

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My Big Trip

Aug 15, 2010 - Riobamba

Riobamba, at 9,000', is higher than Cuenca! I can't believe that I was actually the one who planned this trip! But at least it is level, which is a huge improvement over the hills of Cuenca. The main purpose of this stop was to break up a long bus trip. We walked the few blocks to the center of town to the Mercado de la Merced to eat 'hornado' for dinner. Hornado is whole roast pigs. Chunks of it are served with corn and salad. There is a whole room with about 14 different booths, all selling the exact same thing for the exact same price....

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Feb 8, 2010 - Chimborazo Downhill

Today my day was really CHEVERE - cool! I booked a trip for downhill the Chimborazo volcano. Chimborazo is around 6000 meters, and you can go up to the second refuge that is at 5000 meters. Never have been at this height by feet. We were only three guys including our guide Galo - that I can really recommend as he takes his job very serious - it was lot of fun and information (http://www.probici.com/). So we drove with the pickup up the first refuge at around 4800 meters - sorry to dissappoint you as you might have thought we would have gone...

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Feb 5, 2010 - To Riobamba

Not much to say here, went from Cuenca to Riobamba. Another six hour trip by bus. Road up to Zhud - close to Alausi - is not in a good shape, but the landscape is nice and its very similar to the alps I would say. After Zhud, the road gets increasingly better and is leading mainly through the flat highland - ending my daily journey in Riobamba - called Sultan of the Andes - a really nice and quiet city. Riobamba is described as a oring city in my guide - but at my opinion its one of the best ecuadorian citys.

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Oct 10, 2008 - Riobamba

Thursday, Oct. 9th, a few of us caught a 4 hr. bus to Riobamba after class. Riobamba is a popular destination where you can board a train and ride on top through gorgeous landscapes. I´m hangin´ with a posse of English speaking 20 somethings (except for a Dutch girl doing a gynacological internship at a public hospital outside of Quito). Students naturally gravitate towards others with the same native language. It is interesting hearing about the public medical system in Ecuador. For instance, before a patient can be treated for surgery or...

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Jun 14, 2008 - Quito to Riobamba

We were only here for one brief night, but time enough to ride on the roof of a train up to the devil´s nose. Unfortunately we couldn´t ride down the devil´s nose as there had been a landslide a couple of days before, but what we did was great fun and we spent about 6 hours in total on the roof of the train. For the last few weeks we´ve been doing our best Indiana Jones impressions, so when the train was stationary Seb did his bes impression of roof running. The scenery was amazing and all the better for seeing it from the roof of a train -...

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Apr 14, 2008 - Bus trippin´ to Riobamba

My last day in Baños was spend hiking up to the mirador (veiw point)to volcan Tungurahua (remember ´little hell´?). After a long, steep hike with my wonderful new canadian friends, we were disappointed to find the peak shrouded in clouds. ¡Que mala suerte! I was looking forward to seeing the ash spewing from the crest, but no, I took photos anyhow and reflected on the great excercise. Yesterday I had a long, drawn out bus trip down south to Cuenca. As I got on my first bus to Riobamba, I was reminded of why I find Latin America so...

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Nov 10, 2007 - Baños/Riobamba

gisteren een wandeling van 8 en een half uur gemaakt naar de refugio in het nationaal park Sangay. Was vrij zwaar, eerst 5 uur steil tot heel stijl omhoog op bijwijlen erg smalle paadjes tot aan de refugio op 3800m, dus 2000m omhoog vanuit Baños. Nadien dezelfde weg terug, wat nog zwaarder was, vooral voor de knieën. Enkele mooie vergezichten gehad maar ook een hele tijd in de wolken gestapt. Wat met de boeren gepraat over wat ze allemaal cultiveren op hun grond. Alles moet met de hand gedaan worden omdat de hellingen te stijl zijn om met...

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Nov 6, 2007 - The Chiva Express to Riobamba

An early start and we board this bus-cum-train to pass through the 'Avenue of Volcanoes' as Humboldt named the valley. We'll report later whether either or both of us are brave enough to 'ride the roof' or whether we are wimps. It was the British climber Edward Whimper who made the same journey pre the railway and in his book telling of his experiences was the first to explain and describe the causes & effects of altitude sickness as we understand it today. A& M UPDATE: We both enjoyed the ride on top but curtailed by rain and unfortunately...

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