Guamote is a pleasant mountain town in the middle of the Chimborazo province. Surrounded by stunning mountains and close to national parks, Guamote is a must stop for hikers and nature fanatics.
The habitants of Guamote still live a very traditional life. The market - every thursday - shows the colorful culture at its best, on an average day Guamote is quiet or simply boring.
If you want to kill some time in Guamote, talk to the folks of Inti Sisa. This internationally oriented non-profit is responsible for putting Guamote on the Ecuador tourist map. They organise trips to surrounding areas, offer volunteer work and built a beautiful hostel in the middle of town. Their efforts to improve living conditions for the people of Guamote are impressive.
Another huge plus for travellers: Guamote is on the track of El Nariz del Diablo, the train running from Riobamba.
Places to stay in Guamote +
Places to stay in Guamote
Mid-range Hotels: No
High-range Hotels: No
Places to eat in Guamote
The hostel of Inti Sisa serves up some excellent food. European and Ecuadorean, or all at the same time. If you are keen on getting a traditional Ecuadorean dish, check out the area near the trainstop. There are several small restaurants and stands scattered around the area.
Practical information about Guamote +
Getting to and around in Guamote +
How to get to Guamote
You don't have to go very far off the beaten track to get to Guamote. Guamote is located just off the main road from Quito to Cuenca. A great stop over just south of Riobamba. Consider Guamote as an alternative to Riobamba.
Map of Guamote