Ibarra Travel Guide

  • Ibarra
    by MalenaN
  • Ibarra
    by MalenaN
  • Ibarra
    by MalenaN

Ibarra Things to Do

  • The tourist train to Salinas

    Since a few years back there are trains running between Ibarra and Salinas again, but it is an excursion train for tourists, and it is only running a few days a week. When I visited in July 2015 the trains were running Wednesday – Sunday and holidays. As it was holiday time it was necessary to book in advance, at least for the Sunday when I wanted...

  • Parque La Merced

    Parque La Merced is one of the big squares in Ibarra. It was constructed during the 19th century and it is a typical square with lawns, flowers and trees, walkways, some benches and a statue in the middle. On the western side of the square is Basilica de La Merced, a grey stone church with a statue of the Virgin at the top. Inside there is a...

  • Parque Boyaca

    Four blocks north of the cathedral is the small and lovely square Parque Boyaca. On the north side of the square is Iglesia Santo Domingo, a Dominican church that houses a painting of La Virgen del Rosario,made by the famous painter Diego de Robles. In the centre of the square there is a monument over Simón Bolívar’s victory at the battle of...


Ibarra Hotels

  • Hotel Madrid

    When I arrived in Ibarra I took a taxi to Hotel El Retorno, but it was closed and not in operation...


Ibarra Restaurants

  • Olor a Café

    Olor a Café is a pleasant café in the southwestern corner of Parque Pedro Moncayo, where you can have breakfast, lunch and cakes and coffee.I liked the interior, with a wall full of books, and found a comfortable sofa to sit in. However, I was not fond of the breakfast. I got bread and eggs, a water melon juice and a coffee. Unfortunately there...

  • Chicken at Gus

    Grilled chicken at GusIt was Sunday evening and the first restaurants I went to were closed. The streets were also deserted and as I didn’t want to walk back to the hotel through empty streets too late in the evening, I decided to eat at Gus, which was situated just next to the hotel. Gus is a fast food restaurant specialiced in grilled chicken. I...

  • Cheap breakfast

    My first morning in Ibarra I needed to eat breakfast early, as I was going to do a tandem paragliding flight a little later. It was not easy to find an open restaurant where I could eat breakfast just after 7am. After some walking I found a restaurant in the corner of Chica Narvaez and Flores. The owners sat reading newspapers and a woman worked,...

  • La Hacienda

    La Hacienda is a café and bar designed to resemble a barn. There are wooden beams and even hay bales under the table topWhen I visited I first ordered a naranjilla juice and a Chilean empanada stuffed with beef (it was very good). After that I ordered an American coffee and a chocolate mousse. For all four things I paid $9.10 (July 2015).Other...

  • Eat well and support community programs!

    La Choza restaurant is conveniently located just off the two parks at the center of Ibarra, at the corner of Calle Sucre and Oviedo. It has good Ecuadorean cuisine, friendly and prompt service and a casual atmosphere. The soup/stew is especially good. Most of the diners are locals.The restaurant funds and/or is the home base for a number of...

  • Don't leave Ibarra without an "helado...

    Is a typical ice cream because is made in a special way. You should just go, see and eat.....delicious!! The best combination: "mora con guanabana". Write it down, ask for it and than let me know.....is good!


Ibarra Transportation

  • From Ibarra to Baños

    When in Ibarra I was happy to find out that there were a few direct buses to Baños from Ibarra. They were leaving either very early or very late though. Once I saw a sign in the window of the company for a third departure that was early too, but not as early as the first one. When I came to the terminal, the day before departure, with the hope to...

  • From Ibarra to La Esperanza and back

    La Esperanza is a small village 30 minutes away from Ibarra. Buses to La Esperanza don’t leave from the bus terminal but from the north side of Parque Grijalva. I walked there as it is situated only five blocks south of Hotel Madrid, where I was staying in Ibarra. The buses are frequent and I only had to wait 10 minutes for the next bus to leave....

  • From Ibarra to El Angel and back

    I took a taxi from the hotel to the bus terminal for $1.25 (July 2015). At the terminal I looked for the right counter and bought a ticket for the bus to El Angel. It was $1.60. At the terminal in Ibarra you also need to buy a separate ticket at another counter to enter the departure area. It was $0.10. The bus journey to El Angel took 1.5 hours....


Ibarra Shopping

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    Numerous shops in the Ibarra area: Carved treasures everywhere

    by 850prc Updated May 25, 2003

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    There isn't any ONE shop that I'm recommending. However, Ibarra IS an excellent place to get carved wooden items of almost every possible ilk. From tiny carved hummingbirds up to wooden crocodiles weighing hundreds of pounds, it's all available around Ibarra. Pricing, like everything in Ecuador, is more reasonable than you'd ever expect.

    What to buy: Various carved items. There are all sorts of designs and models from which to choose.

    What to pay: It really depends on what you buy. But, the price will almost always be less than you think it will be. Crafts such as these are very reasonable in Ecuador.

    Wood carving shop, Ibarra

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Ibarra Off The Beaten Path

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    Laguna Yahuarcocha

    by MalenaN Written Nov 3, 2015

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    Laguna Yahuarcocha is a lake situated 3 kilometres north of Ibarra. Especially during weekends people come here for recreation, for example to rent rowing boats, go biking and eat trout.

    The name Yahuarcocha means Blood Lake because it is the site of a terrible massacre in the end of the 15th century. Between 20 000 and 50 000 of the Caranqui people were killed by the Incas at this lake and their bodies were thrown in to the water, colouring it red. It is said that all males above 12 years old were killed.

    When I did a tandem paragliding flight outside Ibarra we had a beautiful view over the lake, and we also landed just next to the lake.

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