Ecuador Ibarra

Ecuador Ibarra known as the White City is located on a wide and green valley. It is also the capital of the Province of Imbabura.


This city is located on a wide and green valley, at the foot of Imbabura volcano, two hours north of Quito

It was named after Miguel de Ibarra, who founded this city in 1606 on behalf of the Spanish Crown. After the earthquake of 1868, it was rebuilt and re-founded in 1872.

Ibarra Historical Building

ecuador ibarra building

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Known as the White City, Ibarra still maintains its Spanish tradition and each corner keeps the past memories which project to the present, and in harmony, the colonial area combines with the modern one.

Ecuador Ibarra is also a melting pot of a variety of this country's Cultures and Races that enrich and make of this province unique, with a spring like weather all year.

In Ibarra there are lot of places to visit, such as parks, churches, museums, traditional sites, lakes and hills.

The downtown of the city still conserves the beautiful architecture of the Spanish Colonial Churches and houses.

Caranqui is a beautiful place with special history and tradition from pre-Inca times.

The town of San Antonio stands out for its amazing and diverse wood carvings. La Esperanza, for its delicate embroidery. The villages of Alpargata, for its typical food. La Campiña and El Tejar, for its weaving industry.

Yahuarcocha Lake

ibarra yahuarcocha lake

Yahuarcocha, for its mats and its recreation areas that border the lake. La Florida and Chorlavi, for their fertile ground and colorful valleys.

Paseo Bolivar, a legendary place, in the precipice that overlooks the Tahuando river.

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Some Traditional Colonial Churches in Ecuador Ibarra are:

  • La Catedral, Roman style
  • San Agustin, built with mud and tile
  • La Merced, Roman style, built at the beginning of the 19th Century
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican community, built at the time of Ibarra's foundation
  • Santuario del Señor del Amor, Greco-Roman style, built over the foundation of an Inca sun temple
  • San Francisco, very attractive with its façade made of laja stone
  • Basilica La Dolorosa, neo-Roman inspiration
  • Capilla San Diego, with a façade made of stone blocks, and its major attraction is the door at the entrance door, which is more than 150 years old.

Ibarra's Gastronomy is very diverse. Among its typical delicacies are:

  • paila ice cream, made of natural fruit beaten by hand in a bronze paila (like a frying pan)
  • empanadas de morocho, turnovers made with white corn and filled with peas, carrots and rice
  • nogadas, a candy made of natural sugar cane with nuts
  • arrope de mora, is a blueberry jam or syrup
  • chicha de jora, is the oldest beverage in America, made with fermented corn
  • tortillas con caucara, boiled potato patties, served with onions, lettuce, red meat and topped with a fried egg.

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