Ecuador (AEMPPI) - Universidad Regional de los Andes
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Ambato, the capital of Tungurahua Province, is known as the city of the flowers and the fruits, the city of three Juanes for been the place that gave birth to Juan Montalvo, Juan Leon Mera and Juan Benigno Vela. It's surrounded by the volcano that names our province and by a lot of mountains that protect us. Our city produces a large amount of fruits, wine, textiles, flowers, all of them are showed on the marketplace which is part of the engine that moves our city and its kind people. Ambato offers you landscapes that will captivate you with its purity and beauty, here you will find a mix where the ingredients are culture, history that is still alive and modernism that molds every corner and every habitant to make this and unique city.

  • University:

Universidad Regional Autónoma de los Andes ´´UNIANDES´´

  • Hospitals:

Hospital Regional Docente Ambato

Hospital IESS Ambato (Hospital del Instituto Ecuatoriano de Seguridad Social)

Hospital General Latacunga


2 meals per day at the cost of hosting association


Host Family


Inside the city you can get the bus (0,30 cents) around the city or a taxi $ 1,30 (minimun).


If you want to travel a little bit outside of the city there are buses.

  • Capital from Ecuador – Quito
  • Quito-Ambato: Bus= 2:20 h. Car= 1:40 h.
  • Ambato-Baños: Bus= 1:00 h. Car= 0:45 min.
  • Ambato-Riobamba: Bus= 1:20 h. Car= 1:00 h.
  • Ambato-Guayaquil: Bus= 6:00 h. Car= 5:00 h.


  • Quito-Guayaquil: 40min


Ambato offers a lot of different activities and it’s up to you choose which one would you like. If you prefer a quiet, interesting place full filled with our culture and history we recommend you our churches and museums, or you could try going to the theater or visit our natural and historic parks downtown. During the weekends we recommend you to visit to “Baños de Agua Santa” a place full of nature and adventure and you can try typical food like the delicious “ Melcochas” and you should totally do some extreme sports; another city you could visit is “Salcedo” where you can enjoy traditional and unique food lie “Hornado” and Salcedo’s ice cream.

We have a local social program where you can visit cities around Ambato, you can ask your Leo for information!

** social program is payed by each student


Parque Juan Montalvo


In the center of the city is the emblematic Montalvo Park. Named after the famous who was born in Ambato, Juan Montalvo, the park was built in 1905 and has it’s a social gathering spot for the people of Ambato since. The park was designed by local architect Pedro Durini. It lies at the meeting point of four important streets in Ambato: Montalvo, Sucre, Bolivar, and Castillo. It also sits in the shadow of the modern cathedral which has served as a symbol of the new Ambato. The statue of Juan Montalvo at the center of the park was built in Italy by Pietro Capurro. It was inaugurated in 1911. The mausoleum where Juan Montalvo is buried is just down the street.


Quinta Juan León Mera – Jardín Botánico


Home to one of Ambato's most famous residents, the Quinta Juan León Mera was the villa-style house of writer Juan León Mera. Located on the north bank of the Ambato River in the neighborhood of Atocha, the house was built in 1874. It is now open to the public. Famous for its gardens, which are supposed to contain over 257 species of flowers, the house also posts well-maintained colonial furniture and paintings. The properties surrounding the Quinta hold now a new Botanic Garden with native and foreign species. Gardens were created inspired on the continents.



La Catedral


The very modern, white cathedral is downtown Ambato is perhaps the most recognizable symbol of the city. The cathedral is built on the site of the original chapel that was constructed in 1689. This was destroyed in an earthquake later and a much larger church was built only to be destroyed again in the 1797 Riobamba earthquake. A new church was built of the same design but again, an earthquake claimed the structure in the 1949 Ambato earthquake. The new cathedral was inaugurated in 1954 and sits across the street from Parque Juan Montalvo.


Central Library


Located right next to the Casa de Portal is the city's newest and largest library. The three-story library is part of the city's plan to rejuvenate the downtown area around Parque Montalvo. The library contains over 70,000 titles and has many computer stations for users. The official name is the "Library of the City and Province," as it serves both the city of Ambato and the larger province of Tungurahua.



Parque Cevallos


Within walking distance of Parque Montalvo, Pedro Fermín Cevallos park is a leafy space located on one of downtown Ambato's main thoroughfares, Cevallos street. Two of Ambato's most well-known schools are located on the edges of the park: what it used to be a high school Bolívar, and an elementary school, Escuela de la Providencia. In the last few years, concerns about security in the park have led city leaders to re-think the space. In July 2010, plans were made to replace many of the trees and lawns with an open plaza.


Parque de la Familia Parque Provincial de la Familia


Is a large gathering spot located about 7 miles above Ambato. Though the park itself is not within city limits, it is Maintained by the provincial government of Tungurahua, the park is actually just outside the community of Quisapincha. it’s a beautiful place to go on a picnic, it has walking paths, open fields, basketball and volley courts, as well as a large garden features an impressive amount of native species. On clear days, the park also affords the visitor excellent views of the city and the Tungurahua volcano.


Located in the Tungurahua Province, Ambato offers you a varied weather that goes from a hot morning and ends with a cold night. Our city gastronomy stand out for its variety and special taste, the most representative dishes are “Llapingachos and Cuy con Papas”. Furthermore this city has an easy to use transportation system that allows us to go to every part of this city in a safe and cheap way. For the last our most important traditions is “La Fiesta de las Flores y las Frutas” that is celebrated on each February.