Though it may not be on many travelers’ list, Ambato is a wonderful place having a soothing charisma. It houses the authenticity and reflects the cultural sophistication. I went there along with my family. The city has been nicknamed as The Land of Three Juans. We stayed at Villa Palermo. After checking in, we went to have a quick bite at Delicias Del Paso. This cafeteria is famous for its sandwiches, cakes, and quiches. We had some sandwiches. Then we went to visit the Chimborazo Mountain. It has the highest volcano in Ecuador. It is surrounded by Indian communities and has stunning views. The volcano is 6.310 M.A.S.L. According to our travel guide, the last eruption that occurred there was in 550 A.C. We arrived at Riobamba where the weather was quite nice.
The best time to visit is from 8th October to 1st April. The next day we went to La Catedral de Ambato. Like any cathedral, it felt peaceful there and was very close to Juan Montalvo’s house. It has old artifacts and souvenirs. We then went to Parque Provincial de la Familia. It had diverse flora and fauna. We even visited La Quinta de Juan Leon Mera where the great writer and Juan Leon Mera lived. The author had written the lyrics for the National anthem of Ecuador. After having lunch at la furnace we then went to Casa y Mausoleo de Juan Montalvo. We got to know a lot about Ecuador history. It was opened in 1988 to promote the literary works and greatness of Juan Mera.
Later in the evening, we went to Ruta 86 for dinner. We had some burgers and ribs. We also tried the fried sweet potatoes. We left on the early morning the next day but it was a wonderful trip.