Ecuador // The central sierra //


Buses to Guamote leave Riobamba every ten minutes on Thursdays from Avenida Unidad Nacional and Avenida de la Prensa close to the Terminal Terrestre. Trains from Riobamba pass through town on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at around 10am; the train station is in the middle of town, on the Calle Principal. For a place to stay, try Inti Sisa (t 03/2916529, w; $11–15) run by a non-profit organization working for community development. They offer en-suite rooms ($26–35) or dorm beds ($10 per person), meals, mountain biking, horseriding and local tours, including to Chimborazo. Other options are the Ramada on Vela and Riobamba (t 03/2916442; $16–20), with neat parquet floors and tiled bathrooms, and the simple Residencial Turismo (t 03/2916173; under $10) with modest but clean little rooms in an old wooden building directly opposite the railway station; ask in the pharmacy next door if no one’s in.

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