Tourist Places to Visit in Imbabura, Ecuador, America

Tourist Places to Visit in Imbabura, Ecuador, America

Imbabura is one of the provinces of Ecuador geographically located between 0°21′ N latitude and 78°08′ W longitude covering an area of 4,616 sq. km. Ibarra is the capital of the province placed on the banks of Tahuando River. Imbabura is home to Imbabura Volcano which is a 4,609-meter-high mountain and it can be reached from La Esperanza town.

Spanish is a widely spoken language all over Imbabura and also locals speak Quechua language. Imbabura is administratively divided into 6 cantons or counties and the list of counties is:

  • Cotacachi
  • Otavalo
  • San Miguel de Urcuquí
  • Pimampiro
  • Antonio Ante
  • Ibarra

The Otavalo Indigenous Market is most popular indigenous of Market held in the town of Otavalo located around 25 km away from the capital city of the province, Ibarra. Ibarra is placed around 120 km away from Quito, the capital city of Ecuador and 550 km from Guayaquil, the largest city of Ecuador.


Connectivity to Imbabura:

Teniente Coronel Luis a Mantilla International Airport is the nearest airport to Imbabura, located around 100 km away from the provincial capital, Ibarra. This airport operates scheduled flights to Quito, served by TAME.

Imbabura is well connected with the neighboring cities as well as other major cities of the country through roadway by scheduled buses, buses from Quito depart from Carcelen taking around 2.5 hours and costing $2.60. Buses from Tulcan take 2.5 hours and charging $3. Taxis are useful to get around costing 1$.


Food and Shopping in Imbabura:

The Otavalo Indigenous Market is the famous traditional market in Otavalo offering products like knitting sweaters, hats and Spanish treadle looms at affordable prices.

The prominent restaurants in Imbabura are:

  • La Mirage Garden Hotel Restarant
  • Hacienda Cusin
  • Cafe Pachamama
  • Trebol Cotacachi Bar & Grill
  • The Red Pub


Things to do in Imbabura:

  • Paragliding
  • Boat rides
  • Fishing


Places of interest in Imbabura:

Imbabura Volcano:

Imbabura Volcano is the identity of Imbabura located at an elevation of 4,609 meters. The town of La Esperanza is the gateway to reach Imbabura and it takes a full day to reach the top of the peak.


Lago Yahuarcocha:

Lago Yahuarcocha is a stunning lake situated around 3 km away from Ibarra (provincial capital). Tourists can enjoy different water sport activities such as boat trips, fishing and paragliding on the lake. Also there is racetrack used for local car and bike racing and the restaurants near the lake offer traditional Ecuadorian fish dishes.


Tren de la Libertad:

Tourists can enjoy 2 hours typical train ride on the former railway track and the train departs at 8am and returns at 4pm and charged 7.5$ for the return trip. Advance booking can be made at the railway station.


Other places of interest near Imbabura include:

  • Valle del Chota
  • Otavalo
  • Condor Park
  • Peguche Waterfall
  • Parque Acuatico – Araque
  • Tahuantinsuyo Weaving Workshop
  • Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado
  • Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra
  • Rio Peguche
  • Galeria Gabriel Ceballos Ulloa
  • Centro de Rescate Guayabillas
  • Escuela Quitena
  • Tsunami Club


Best time to visit Imbabura:

The beginning months of year will be ideal to visit Imbabura.


Accommodation options in Imbabura:

Imbabura is home to numerous reputed hotels and resorts serving tourists with latest facilities and services. List of prominent hotels in Imbabura include:

  • La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa
  • La Posada del Quinde
  • Hacienda- Hosteria Chorlavi
  • Hacienda Pinsaqui
  • Hotel Plaza Victoria
  • Hotel Riviera-Sucre
  • Hotel Santa Fe
  • San Andres Lodge & Spa
  • Hotel El Indio Inn
  • Hosteria Hacienda San Francisco
  • Rancho Sant Fe
  • Casa de Lily
  • Hosteria San Luis
  • Hosteria Pueblo Viejo
  • Hotel La Giralda
  • Imperio del Sol Hotel

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