Ambato is a city in the central Andean Highlands of Ecuador.
Ambato was destroyed by an earthquake in 1949 and the rebuilding process was quick and efficient. Therefore it lacks the colonial charm of other Southamerican cities.
Ambato is a fairly major transport hub. Buses run from Quito (2.5 hours), Baños (1 hour), Cuenca (6 hours), and many others. Information on bus schedules can be found at AndesTransit.
- Jardín Botánico Atocha-La Liria (Avenida Rodrigo Pachano and Costa Atocha)
- Casa de Montalvo (Calle Juan Montalvo y Bolivar) -- Home and mausoleum of Juan Montalvo, one of Ecuador's most important writers.
- Quinta de Montalvo (Avenida los Guaytambos)-- The country home of author Juan Montalvo.
- Quinta de Juan León Mera (Dr. Rodrigo Pachano Lalama)-- The country home of Juan León Mera, another one of Ecuador's greatest 19th century writers, and author of the National Anthem's lyrics.
- Tren del Hielo II A train ride from Ambato's fertile valley, through the paramo, to the foot of Chimborazo volcano.
- Fiesta de la Fruta y de las Flores This is Ambato's pre-Lenten Carnaval (February/March), with flower-bedecked floats, music, dance and lots of lively fun!
At the "mercado artesanal" (Juan Benigno Vela) beautiful crafts can be bought. They are slightly cheaper compared to Banos and Quito but be aware that this is a dangerous part of the city.
For leather-goods you can go to Quisapincha which is about a 20minute bus ride above Ambato. Generally good quality and really good prices.
Salasaca about 20 minutes outside as a market with indigenous crafts- really low prices.
Pastelería Quito (Mera 547 and Cavallos). Famous Ambato's bread, Brakfast, Cafeteria and Pastry.
- Hotel Portugal, (It is walkable from terminal terrestre). $12 for one person in a private room with private bathroom. Prices per person. $20 for two people in a private room.. edit