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Riobamba, Ecuador

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The self-proclaimed "Sultan of the Andes", RIOBAMBA (2735m) is a handsome city made up of stately squares, flaking, pastel-coloured buildings, cobbled streets and sprawling markets. Though its location has moved several times, it's been an important centre since the earliest days of Spanish rule, when it was founded as the colony's first city as Santiago de Quito in 1534. It remained so, however, for less than two weeks before the Spanish decided to relocate to the Pichincha foothills where the capital was refounded as San Francisco de Quito, but even so Riobamba, as it was now called …
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