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Sep 17, 2005 - Sugarland Express

Here I am in Riobamba. When I was leaving Baños, I noticed a load of guinea pigs being grilled, rather than deep-fried. It looks fractionally less gross, but still very unappetizing with their little feet, etc. I nearly took a pic to show you all, but decided that was bad taste. The bus journey here was interesting, with great views of the back of Tungaruhua, looking really dramatic. The road has only just been reopened after the last lot of ash and lava, and is still a bit exciting for my taste, threatening either to landslide ash on the...

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Sep 6, 2005 - Riobamba

Reise von Baños nach Riobamba ueber eine Strasze, die stark an eine Gebirgs-Off-Road-Strecke fuer Jeep-Abenteuer erinnerte, dafuer aber atemberaubende Ausblicke bot! In Riobamba gab's dann eigentlich nicht viel zu entdecken, mit Ausnahme des Ausblicks auf den benachbarten Chimborazo-Vulkan und den unzaehligen Wochenmaerkten. ------ Voyage en bus de Baños à Riobamba par une super route plutôt faite pour les Jeep que pour les pauvres bus locaux puisque la route est coupée en plusieurs endroits par des éboulements de terrain! Mais ça vaut le...

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Emilie & Ben

Jun 2, 2005 - Ecuador - Riobamba

Riobamba is the capital of Chimborazo province. It has broad streets and many ageing but impressive buildings. It is also the starting point of the `Nariz del Diablo` train journey (nose of the devil) which we were planning on taking the next day. We had a walk around town after a lovely meal at the restaurant joining our hostal. RECCOMMENDATIONS Tren Dorado - Nice rooms, Great food next door.

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May 19, 2005 - Riobamba and Volcán Chimborazo

Wow, Chimborazo was amazing and felt like the furthest point from the earth. Especially when you have travelers D.REA!!! So, loaded to the eyeballs with Nicky's South African Industrial strength biochems we waved goodbye to our Hostal Oasis, which was by far the strangest place we have stayed in. They had a Llama which spat at me everytime i walked by, 2 Macaws that said HOLA all the flamin time and a Tortoise which stayed in its shell in order to avoid the spit. Our room had it's own kitchen and 4 poster boudoir bed. Very high-borne we...

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May 7, 2005 - Riobamba

07.05 Once again the bus to Riobamba was already moving as we got on. Our backpacks are getting really grubby as we never have time to put on the protective hessian bags we bought. After checking into our hotel we walked around town. Riobamba is quite an attractive city but there are a lot of beggars around. Along every street and every corner there were people begging for money. When we had dinner later that night, we found the beggars would go right into the restaurant and approach your table. It is quite unsettling. You cannot help but...

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Apr 26, 2005 - Baños > Riobamba, Ecuador... Lalalalalala

Woke up rather early today, more or less of my own accord (7 something) and trying hard to adjust to Iris' time frame - as, although over her jet lag, she is still waking up much earlier than me. My orginal plan was to hire a bike and cycle to "Pailons de Diablo", a waterfall about 20km away (on the way to Puyo). It is supposed to be an adrenline rushing ride, as it is going downhill almost all the way. However, the ride past there yesterday informed me that, although not very steeply downhills, it wasn't downhills all the way either. And...

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Yat's Big Trip

Jan 6, 2005 - Riobamba and the ¨Trek to El Altar Volcano¨

Ok...I last left off as we arrived in Riobamba, our departure town for our trek up to the Volcano. Riobamba has not been good to us...needless to say we´re not big fans of this town..for one, it´s not pretty..and that is tough for a town to be in the heart of the Andes..and worst of all..the internet cafe´s suck!!..so, enough said about Riobamba... onto the trek! We were both really nervous the morning of the trek..i mean, the idea of being able to do a 4 day trek beginning at 10,000 ft and going up to 15,000 ft by the 3rd day, and then...

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Oct 8, 2004 - Riobamba & Nariz Del Diablo (Devils Nose) train journey.

It was an early start in Riobamba. Basically the town is just used as a stopping point by travellers wanting to catch the Nariz del Diablo, or Devil`s Nose train, as it´s better known. It`s a spectacular train journey from Riobamaba to Alausi, with the main feature being the fact that you get to ride on the roof of the train. We bought the tickets the previous afternoon but we`d been warned that it gets very busy so we should get there in plenty of time to get a good spot. By 5.30am we and the Belgish girls were sat on the top of the train...

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Jul 12, 2004 - Riobamba, Ecuador

Mid-sized town, spent a couple of nights there in an old colonial-style hotel with all of the rooms based around a central courtyard, and our room had a balcony onto the main road. Not too many tourists which was nice. TS took a tour to Volcan Chimburazon (6,310m). Pick up at 8am, 4 wheel drive up to Refuge 1 at 4,800m, and then walked up to Refuge 2 at 5,000m. Altitude is a killer at this height, can hardly breathe. Lots of stone memorials to climbers who have died there which was a bit scarey. The Volcano is Ecuador´s highest point, and...

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Jul 30, 1989 - Riobamba

SUNDAY 30th JULY I was awake and telephoning the airport at 5.15 a.m. My bag had been located in Lima and would probably be on the plane which was about to land. What a relief! and what a sense of achievement! I had just made my first important telephone call in Spanish. Now I just had to worry about whether I had understood correctly, and if so, would my bag arrive intact. I slept for an hour and telephoned again. The bag had arrived! I showered and dressed and was at the airport at 7.30. It was my bag, but the zip was broken and the...

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South America 1989

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