I was looking for an easy day trip from Riobamba and got it in the form of Guano, a village located 7km away.
First, I headed to Plaza Davalos (Nueva York and Pichincha) and looked for a green and white bus that says “20 de Diciembre” on the side. Buses leave every 20 minutes or so. For a mere 30¢, the bus took me to Guano.
This sleepy town is known for its rug making, as seen by the statue that greets visitors.
My first stop was the Teléfelico. They love these cable cars in Ecuador! After an exhausting hike up the hill, I got to the cable car. Since it was pretty quiet, I got to ride by myself for $2. It was an amazing view!
On the way down, I took a quick detour to Los Monolitos, hand-carved rocks of lizards.
It was recommended that I tried the town’s specialty, Fritada de Guano (marinated pork), a dish that dates back to the 1800’s. I ate at “Restaurante Rica Fritada – Autentica De Guano”. The name was very self-explanatory. It was served with tortilla de papas (potato patties), corn, a salad and a fried plantain.
Next, I searched for cholas, a sweet bread roll with brown sugar, another Guano specialty. I got one for 20¢ and a calado morado, a traditional Ecuadorian beverage prepared with black corn flour and in this case mora berries. Definitely a calorie buster! The chola I got was dry, but the calado was very delicious!
A stroll through the street of Guano was eerily quiet minus the road construction.
I got to Parque El Baton and found a weird looking “Nieves Blanco” (Snow White). There were also the Hulk, Captain America, and Spiderman statues. (Very doubtful that DC Comics and Marvel knows about these statues.)
I left Guano with a belly of delicious food and another notch on my Ecuadorian travel belt.