Ecuador // The central sierra //

Arrival and information

Ambato’s bus terminal and train station (currently disused) are right next to each other a couple of kilometres northeast of the centre; taxis to the centre ($1) line up outside, or you can walk up to Avenida de las Americas, directly behind the bus terminal (turn right and right again after exiting the bus station) and catch a local bus to the downtown Parque Cevallos. (Those heading directly to Baños should note that Baños buses don’t leave from the terminal; instead, take a taxi to the “Mayorista” bus stop.) Taxis in town rank around Parque Cevallos and the central Parque Montalvo; to book, call Cooperativa de Taxis 12 de Noviembre (t 03/2410833).

Information is available at the Ministerio de Turismo office (Mon–Fri 8.30am–1pm & 2.30–6pm; t 03/2821800) at Guayaquil and Rocafuerte, next door to the Ambato hotel. The Ministerio del Ambiente (t 03/2848452), a short taxi ride ($1) from the town centre at Alfredo Baquerizo 603 and Pasaje Tamayo, has information on Parque Nacional Llanganates.