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Ibarra is a city in northern Ecuador and the capital of the Imbabura Province. It lies at the foot of the Imbabura Volcano and on the left bank of the Tahuando river. It is about 70km northeast of Ecuador's capital Quito.HistoryIbarra was founded in 1606 by order of the President of the Royal Audience of Quito, Miguel de Ibarra. The development of the city included the systematic construction of public buildings including an important number of churches but an earthquake in 1868 destroyed a most of them. After the devastating earthquake of August 16 1868 the city to was re-settled in 1872. Based on its newest date of foundation, Ibarra is the youngest city in Ecuador. The Inca ruler Atahualpa is said to have been born in the Inca settlement of Inca-Caranqui about 2 km from the city.Helados de paila (handmade ice cream or sorbet and still sold in the markets today) was first made in Ibarra during Incan times (but not by Incas; by the native indigenous), using snow or ice from the nearby Imbabura Volcano (which is no longer snow bound). Using a large bronze pan surrounded by ice shavings, the juices of various fruits are stirred into the pan to freeze.
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Laguna de Yahuarcocha ©
Outdoor Activity
Laguna de Yahuarcocha
Duration: 2h 30 min
Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra ©
Specialty Museum
Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador Ibarra
Duration: 4 hours
Estacion Tren de la Libertad - Ibarra ©
Historic Site
Estacion Tren de la Libertad - Ibarra
Duration: 30 minutes
Arte Colonial - Artesanias Ecuatorianas ©
Art Gallery
Arte Colonial - Artesanias Ecuatorianas
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Ibarra

Cuicocha ©
Water Body
Cuicocha Cotacachi
Duration: 2h 30 min
Otavalo Market ©
Flea Market
Otavalo Market Otavalo
Duration: 2h 30 min
Cascada de  Peguche ©
Cascada de Peguche Peguche
Duration: 1h 30 min
Condor Park
Condor Park Otavalo
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Ibarra

Parque Bulevar Centrica
Parque Bulevar Centrica
Duration: 1h 30 min
Arte Colonial ©
Art Gallery
Arte Colonial
Duration: 2h 30 min
Laguna Mall ©
Shopping Mall
Laguna Mall
Duration: 1h 30 min
La Plaza Shopping Center ©
Shopping Mall
La Plaza Shopping Center
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Ibarra

Centro de Rescate Guayabillas
Centro de Rescate Guayabillas
Duration: 2h 30 min

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