This gorgeous palm-filled plaza is dominated by the baroque-influenced cathedral. The altars are covered in gold leaf, and Troya’s paintings of the 12 apostles adorn the pillars. The park itself is named after locally born Pedro Moncayo (1807–88), a journalist and diplomat.
Parque Pedro Moncayo
Nearby Northern Highlands attractions
1. Catedral de Ibarra
The altars at this baroque-influenced cathedral are covered in gold leaf, and Troya’s paintings of the 12 apostles adorn the pillars.
2. Museo Arqueológico y Etnográfico Atahualpa
Several small galleries with fascinating pre-Columbian artifacts unearthed in the area. The majority of objects – including ceramic ceremonial pieces and…
3. Centro Cultural Ibarra
A small, impressive collection of 14th- to 19th-century religious paintings and archaeological galleries featuring prehistoric ceramics and gold artifacts…
4. Parque La Merced
Also known as Peñaherrera, the city’s main plaza was built at the beginning of the 19th century. The main feature of the Iglesia de la Merced is a gold…
5. Iglesia de la Merced
Features a gold-leaf-covered altar for the Virgen de la Merced, patron saint of the armed forces. The church holds a special mass in remembrance of the…
6. Iglesia de Santo Domingo
At the north end of Bolívar you’ll find the quaint Parque Santo Domingo. The Dominican church behind this small park houses La Virgen del Rosarío, a…
A 30m-high white obelisk honors Miguel de Ibarra's founding of the city in 1606.
8. Iglesia de la Dolorosa
Of neo-Romanesque design with a single nave, this church was rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1987.