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Ambato (full form, San Juan de Ambato) is a city located in the central Andean valley of Ecuador. Lying on the banks of the Ambato River, the city also sits beneath several tall mountains. It is the capital of the province of Tungurahua, at an elevation of 2,577 meters above sea level. It is variously nicknamed "City of Flowers and Fruit", "Cradle of the Three Juans", and "Garden of Ecuador." Inhabitants of Ambato are called Ambateños, Guaytambos (after a type of native peach that the valley is famous for producing) or Patojos. The current mayor of Ambato is Luis Amoroso. The city has been fully or partially destroyed by earthquakes several times in its history, most recently on 5 August 1949 when the city and its cathedral were almost completely levelled. The city was rebuilt in the two years following. In honour of the tenacity of the resident Ambateños, the city celebrates the Festival of Fruits and Flowers during Carnival in February. Today, the Festival of Fruits and Flowers is one of the most important in Ecuador. The city is referred to as "Cradle of the Three Juans" as it was the birthplace of three notable Ecuadorians: Juan Montalvo, a noted essayist of the 19th century, Juan León Mera, the author of the country's national anthem, and Juan Benigno Vela, a key figure in the Ecuadorean independence movement. The city is well known for its production of fruit, tanneries, food products and textiles. It also serves as a main transportation hub, especially for travelers moving south on the Pan-American Highway.


Planning a vacation to Ambato in Ecuador? This vacation planner will provide you with all the essential information you need. This city is located in the close proximity of a major city Riobamba, Ecuador. Riobamba is bestowed with interesting set of attractions for every type of traveller. Most online packages to this city are of 1-2 days.

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Facts and Stats for Ambato*

  • Pollution Statistics in Ambato

    Know the pollution level of Ambato before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 75 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 100 (Very High)
  • Living in Ambato - Quality of Life

    • Climate Index 99.77 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 48.28 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 22.73 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Ambato

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ambato

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.16 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 56.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 90 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 66 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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