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Exploring the Beauty of Ibarra

Exploring the Beauty of Ibarra

Ibarra, Ecuador is a stunningly beautiful city that has something for everyone. From its rich cultural history to its impressive landscape, unique cuisine, and outdoor activities, Ibarra is an unforgettable destination that should not be missed. Whether you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the scenery or an adventure-filled vacation, Ibarra has something for everyone.

Growing up we visited at least once a year the city of Ibarra, it was a way to enjoy the holidays or the weekend away from the big city and at the same time visit the family and stay at my grandparent’s hacienda. I have witnessed the changes and growth of the city and I find that there are many reasons to visit Ibarrat, that is what I want to share today with you.


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An Unforgettable Destination

Ibarra is a city located in the Imbabura province of Ecuador. It is situated in the foothills of the Andes mountains and is known for its colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and picturesque views of the surrounding countryside. Ibarra is a vibrant city that offers a unique experience to visitors, offering something for everyone.

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A Rich Cultural History

Ibarra is a city with a long and varied history. It was founded in 1563 by the Spanish and has since been home to many different cultures and traditions. The city is home to several museums and historical sites, such as the Ibarra Municipal Museum and the Church of the Immaculate Conception. These sites offer a glimpse into the city’s past and are a great way to learn more about the fascinating culture of Ibarra.
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An Impressive Landscape

Ibarra is a stunningly beautiful city, surrounded by lush green hills and mountains. The city is home to several parks and natural areas, such as the El Salado Ecological Reserve and the El Chota Forest Reserve. These areas offer visitors a chance to take in the breathtaking scenery and get a taste of the local wildlife.
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Unique Cuisine & Local Markets

Ibarra is known for its unique cuisine and local markets. The city is home to a variety of restaurants that serve traditional dishes, such as ceviche, empanadas, and cuy. There are also several markets in the city, where visitors can find a variety of fresh produce and local crafts.

Helados de Paila makes part of the cultural traditions of this city, make sure to visit the traditional place or the place where these ice creams started, to taste the best helados de paila in the city.

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Nogadas, arrope de mora are other traditional desserts that are a must and that growing up we used to buy each time we visited the family and my grandparents hacienda.


Outdoor Activities & Adventure

Ibarra is a great destination for outdoor activities and adventure. The city is home to several hiking trails and mountain biking routes, as well as several lakes and rivers for swimming, kayaking, and fishing. Visitors can also take a cable car ride to the top of the nearby volcano, Cotacachi.

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A Must-Visit for Any Traveler

Ibarra is a must-visit destination for any traveler. From its rich cultural history to its impressive landscape and unique cuisine, Ibarra is an unforgettable destination that should not be missed. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation or a thrilling adventure, Ibarra has something for everyone. Many will also visit San Antonio de Ibarra to experience the talent and creativity poured into woodwork around town.

There are many other things to do in the province of Imbabura, we share some of them.


Ibarra, Ecuador is an unforgettable destination that should not be missed. From its rich cultural history to its impressive landscape, unique cuisine, and outdoor activities, Ibarra has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a place to relax and take in the sights or an adventure-filled vacation, Ibarra has something for you. So why not plan your next trip to Ibarra and experience all that this beautiful city has to offer?

Where to stay

After spending a relaxing weekend at the charming Hosteria Hacienda Pinsaqui we want to make sure that you know about this option for accommodation while you visit Ibarra.  Another hacienda full of history is Hacienda Guachala.

Spend the night in the charming city of Ibarra, at the Hacienda Chorlavi a renovated historical country estate known by locals and tourists alike.

If you are looking for a place offering rural accommodation in a charming farmhouse overlooking the mountains in Chachimbiro,  then Hosteria San Francisco is the option for you.

What to bring

To fully enjoy your stay:

  • Sunglasses, sunblock, and a hat; remember that the equatorial sun is intense since you will be outdoors for long periods.
  • Warm or wool clothes, because it can get cold, especially at night if it is rainy season.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle can help nature and the environment while you stay hydrated; there is bottled water in the kitchen.

Dress in layers as you will quickly get warm during the walks and when the sun is out, and remember that the weather can be pretty unpredictable. The temperature drops somewhat when the clouds block the sun.


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If you want more in-depth information and a guide you can bring along during your trip, I recommend the travel guide Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands. This is an excellent source of information and tips, maps, and all you need if you plan on visiting Ecuador. I like the option of having a hard copy version where I can take notes and have them at hand.

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Exploring the Beauty of Ibarra

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