Welcome to Ibarra


Volcán Imbabura looms impressively nearby and Laguna de Yahuarcocha (in Kichwa it means 'Lake of Blood' for the nearly 30,000 Caranqui warriors killed by the forces of Incan emperor Huayna Capac) is only 3km northeast. Today, joggers, cyclists and paddleboaters occupy the lakeshore. Throw in a couple of small, interesting museums, a worthwhile train journey, good cafes and proximity to Otavalo and other indígena villages, and you might wonder why the tourism infrastructure is fairly lacking.


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$190 Day Trips & Excursions

Nothern Andes 'Tren de la Libertad I' Tour from Quito

With seven tunnels dug with pick and shovel and tall bridges across steep canyons, the la Libertad Train offers a unique journey starting from Ibarra, the “White City” to reach the warm Salinas, where we are received to the tune of la “bomba”. In Salinas you’ll discover colorful murals commemorating the history and culture of Afro-ecuadorian people. Visit its museums and enterprises and enjoy the local cuisine in a trip full of memorable experiences. Departure to Ibarra in the afternoon.What is Included?Shuttler from your hotel in QuitoTrain ticket, guidance through the journeyVisits detailed in the itinerary. Travel Tips CLOTHING: A light jacket, walking shoes, hat, sunscreen (SPF 70 at least), sunglasses, camera, cash and insect repellant. ALTITUDE: It ranges from 1,600 to 2,200 meters above sea level. The temperature ranges from 14 ° to 25 °C. IMPORTANT: A guarded parking area is available at Ibarra Station. Ibarra is 126 km north from Quito -2.30 to 3 hour’s drive. In Otavalo there are paid parking lots nearby the railway station. Otavalo is 90km north from Quito –a 2 to 2;30 hours’ drive. IMPORTANT NOTICE: All itineraries are subjected to change due to force majeure or technical, operational circumstances. Please check our policy regarding refunds and cancellations. At Tren Ecuador we are committed to providing the best possible travel experience.

$242 Day Trips & Excursions

'Tren de la Libertad II' Experience: Otavalo - Salinas - Otavalo

 Our Itinerary: -07:30 : Registration at the Otavalo train station. -08:00 : Departure from the train. Music, crafts and gastronomy at the San Roque station and visit to the Imbabura Textile Factory Museum, at Andrade Marín. Visit to wood carvers in San Antonio. -11:25 : Departure from Ibarra to Salinas, crossing the Ambi River canyon and impressive tunnels. -13:15 : Guided visit to Salinas: murals, undertakings, interpretation centers. -14:00 : Typical lunch in Salinas de Ibarra. In the afternoon return to Otavalo by train. -17:55 : Arrive at the Otavalo train station (Domingos up to Ibarra at 16:35 and from this station by bus to Otavalo). End of services

$469 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Train of Liberty, Traditional Market and Cuicocha

FRIDAYTransfer to IbarraTrain of Liberty: Our guide will take you to the train station in Ibarra where you will take the Train of Liberty to the town of Salinas. It´s an amazingly beautiful train-ride through arid mountains, over bridges and through tunnels. In Salinas you will be welcomed by the local Afro-Ecuadorians and enjoy their culture, music and dances. You will also have time for a short visit to the salt museum and get to know all about the salt mining processTransfer OtavaloOvernight at standard hotelSATURDAYAnimal market: Visit the Animal market, a fantastic place to get to know the culture and how indigenous people in the area live.Plaza de los Ponchos: The hustle and bustle of this colorful market is a great experience and you can admire great handmade crafts, ponchos, alpaca blankets and a variety of textiles – this is a great place for souvenir shopping! You can also check out the traditional food market stalls where you can see the fruits and typical products the merchants offer there – you can find some tropical fruits that perhaps you have never seen before.Cuicocha Lake: Visit the volcanic lake of Cuicocha before heading back to Quito late in the afternoonTransfer back Quito