for the adventure traveler
If you're an adventurer and want to enjoy
nature to the fullest, we recommend that you visit some of the most special
sites in our province, where you can relax and appreciate all the incredible
landscapes of Ecuador.
Devil's Nose:It's located between Alausí and Pistishi, about
5 hours from Riobamba by train. It is the most daring engineering work made by
man in the Andes Mountains. The devil's nose is a very important touristic
site. It is called the devil's nose because it is located on a big rock with a
peculiar nose shape. The enormous difficulty of its path, dares danger every
moment. It is also the gravesite of hundreds of slaves that were brought from
Jamaica to dynamite the mountain.
The train departs to the devil' nose at 7:00
AM on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Ticket price: $11 USD.
Colta's Lake is located 21 kilometers to the
southwest of Riobamba by the plains of Cicalpa. The length of the lake is 2.500
meters and the width 1100 meters. Here you can find a plant called totoras,
which is used by the local people to make handicrafts. You can also fish for
trout or go to the hot springs of Chuquipogyo; according to the legend this
place was preferred by the Inca king Huayna-Cápac.
They are the most important lakes in the area,
because their waters feed the Pastaza River, which flows into the Amazon River.
Along the shore you can find a lot of different little colored stones that are
excellent souvenirs. Each year in September, hundreds of migratory birds gather
over Verdecocha Lake, making terrible noises and paying tribute to death.
Chimborazo Mountain: This is the highest volcano of Ecuador with
6310 meters above sea level. It's located in the western mountain range, 32
kilometers southwest from Ambato and 28 kilometers northeast from Riobamba.
You can reach the first shelter at 4,800m.
(a.s.l.) by car, then you have to walk to the second shelter at 5,000m.
To enter in this protected area you have to pay
$10USD. If you want to stay, at either the first or second shelter the cost is
$6 USD per night.