On the northern edge of the Sangay National Park and at the base of Tungurahua volcano is the scruffy pilgrimage town of Baños, popular as a tourist destination for its hydrothermal springs as well as its many adventure activities giving it the reputation as 'the adventure capital of Ecuador'.
Riobamba is a lively and attractive city sitting on the Panamericana 52km south of Ambato. Most famously, it is the start of the stunning train journey passing the famous ‘Devil’s Nose’ switchback below Alausí village.
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Hacienda MantelesHacienda - PatateThis homely hacienda is in a tranquil spot surrounded by forest and pretty gardens at the top of an Andean valley near Patate. Nestled between the Sangay and Llanganati National Park and with stunning views of Tungurahua volcano. There is ample room to relax and dine.
Hostería La AndaluzaHacienda - RiobambaA converted colonial hacienda with views to Chimborazo.
Hotel AbraspungoCountry hotel - RiobambaComfortable country inn in a suburb of the city, with a bar and restaurant.