10 Things to Do in Imbabura Province That You Shouldn't Miss

February 24, 2018 Enriqueta Cusson

Imbabura (Spanish pronunciation: [imbaˈβuɾa]) is a province located in the Andes of northern Ecuador. The capital is Ibarra. The people of the province speak Spanish and the Imbaburan Quechua language.
Restaurants in Imbabura Province

1. Laguna Cuicocha

Cotacachi 100450, Ecuador +593 6-301-7219
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 741 reviews

Laguna Cuicocha

Located west of the Chota River, this extinct eroded volcano is best known for its deep crater lake and two lava Islands.

Reviewed By Jerri V - Marion, IL

$6 taxi from Cotacachi and what a wonderful view. What use to be a volcano is now a spectator sight to see. Small shops and rest room as well as restaurant on site make for a lovely day. No Admission fee and you can take a scenic boat trip around the lake for $1.

2. Condor Park

Otavalo, Ecuador +593 98 431 1769
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 423 reviews

Condor Park

Reviewed By Stephen S

I'm not usually into captive wildlife collections--this one is very different. The refuge is exactly that--a place for injured or sick birds of very dramatic species--the layout is great for walking through, the birds are magnificent--you will Condors which are huge and daunting--but in a large, spatial enclosure. The bird demonstration/show by a trained and knowledgeable handler is really something to see--especially the release of the birds for flying around and coming back for a reward morsel.

3. Otavalo Market

Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
Excellent
46%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 938 reviews

Otavalo Market

This colorful Indian market takes place each Saturday and features some of the finest woven products in the region including ponchos, sweaters, wall hangings and shawls.

Reviewed By andypegonthego - Huntsville, Ontario

Awesome and overwhelming sooooo many beautiful things ... make sure to bargain. Should of bought more. Will have to go back

4. Peguche Waterfall

Peguche, Otavalo 100451, Ecuador
Excellent
45%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 598 reviews

Peguche Waterfall

Reviewed By Ernjack1972 - Lancaster, Virginia

Take the short hike along a walled cobble stoned path. Lots to see along the way as you pass a campground and a small settlement. You can view the falls from a small bridge below the falls or climb to the top on some steep trails. It can be very muddy and slippery, so take care when climbing.

5. Estacion Tren de la Libertad - Ibarra

Espejo, Ibarra 100150, Ecuador +593 6-295-0390
Excellent
52%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Estacion Tren de la Libertad - Ibarra

Reviewed By DrWJW - Scranton, Pennsylvania

The latest tourist attraction is Ibarra's restored rail line, which departs Ibarra restored train station at 10:30am Wednesday to Sunday and makes a 90-minute journey to Salinas (returning at 4:30pm).

6. Museo de las Culturas

Garcia Moreno 1341 y Bolivar, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador +593 99 382 6154
Excellent
41%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Museo de las Culturas

Reviewed By WJD_CO - Longmont, Colorado

From the gorgeous glass entry doors to the tasteful restoration of a beautiful building and courtyard it is a feast to the eyes and senses in a sea of more modern block buildings. Close to the equally impressive Cathedral and Convento across the street, and the Hotel next door. Worth a visit.

7. Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra

Oviedo y Sucre, Ibarra 100150, Ecuador
Excellent
43%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra

Reviewed By Yvonne109E - Searsport, Maine

This museum was one of the best I have ever visited. Through dioramas it shows how the first Ecuadorians lived in caves along the ocean and from there became more sophisticated with farming and forming communities. Then came the Incas to form larger areas. The people prospered and mined gold, silver, precious jewels. This museum has it all from pre-Columbian days until their freedom was won from France in 1839.

8. El Lechero

Troncal de la Sierra | Outside of Otavalo, Otavalo 100450, Ecuador
Excellent
19%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

El Lechero

Reviewed By JCLA2014 - New York City, New York

I read about this tree, and wanted to see it, despite our tour guide telling me it was "just a tree" - though it had an interesting history. It is just a tree....but the ride to get there was exciting, literally in the middle of nowhere. The view is spectacular. I think it was definitely worth the diversion.

9. Iglesia Matriz

Bolivar Street, Cotacachi 100350, Ecuador
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Iglesia Matriz

Reviewed By Roger H - Dhaka

...but, i hate to say this, the real attraction is the street (calle 10de Agosto) with all the leathershops. Great, great deals if you like leather stuff; shoes, boots, bags, jackets and horse-riding stuff. My girlfriend and I did some damage here! Absolutely recommended for, dare i say it, leather lovers!

10. Laguna Mall

Corner Avenue Mariana Acosta and Fray Vacas Galindo, Ibarra 100150, Ecuador +593 6-250-5019
Excellent
36%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Laguna Mall

Reviewed By Jessy F

Star Cinema is a pretty place in Ibarra for watch movies of first quality. This business of film projection are directed for all public of all ages. They are based in the service of high quality with the best technology of projections in Ecuador. They are also engaged to create unforgettable emotions for their customers. They have a famous phrase “THE MAGIC CINEMA IS ALREADY IN IBARRA”.
Star Cinema is ubicated in Ibarra, in Mariano Acosta and Fray Vacas Galindo. Their attention schedule is every day from 10:00 am at 22:30 pm. The customer’s don´t have any complaints. But they should beef up their security because there are people who annoy to others people. To finish I recommend this cinema, in my opinion is the best in Imbabura. Watch movies in this place is the best experience.

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