While you’ll find a couple of decent budget options in town, the nicer accommodations are near the Panamericana west of Ibarra. They’re often booked in advance, particularly on weekends and during the last two weeks of September during Ibarra’s lively annual fiesta. If camping's your thing, we discovered a German-run campground, Finca Sommerwind, on the edges of Laguna Yuanacacha; it's well equipped for longer stays, with electric and water supply.