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 (8,450 feet) above sea level. The population is 180,000 making it the tenth most populous city in the country. It is variously nicknamed “City of Flowers and Fruit,” “Cradle of the Three Juans,” and “Garden of Ecuador.” Inhabitants of Ambato are called Ambateños. Read more here.