Located in the North Sierra of Ecuador, Imbabura province is one of the most beautiful places in the country (and that’s a lot to say). Land of majestic volcanoes, lakes of dream, some of the most interesting cities of Ecuador, and a multitude of climates in less than 5000 km2. Definetely, a place to discover.
Natural and cultural wonders
Imbabura is known as “the Province of Lakes”, and this is not in vain: the San Pablo, the Yaguarcocha, Puruhanta … are just some of the lakes and ponds that populate the region, a place with huge contrasts and steep profiles. Contrasts in climate, vegetation and fauna on landscapes: from the cold wasteland of the Andes, the Mediterranean forest environment around Ibarra, to the subtropical highland west. And always in the shadow of the great couple of volcanoes: Mom Cotacachi and Imbabura Dad.
This makes Imbabura a place that deserves to be discovered slowly, enjoying nature and the typical dishes of the region at the same time; because Imbabura not only lives of natural wonders. Its culture is equally varied and interesting: the cuisine is a mainstay in the six towns of the province: Ibarra, Catacachi, Otavalo, Pimampiro, Atuntaqui and Urcuquí, with an urban checkerboard design, typical of the old Spanish villas. Ibarra, with its white walls, should not be missed. Neither the other attractions in the region: from Inca ruins to thermal spas, Spanish castles, colonial haciendas, fairs …
To sum up, a lot to see and much to marvel at. It is an area where you can not spend only a day in order to visit it. It is a place that deserves a visit in depth, so you will need a good accommodation. But that is not a problem, because the tourism infrastructure in the province of Imbabura is wide, and there are several places in which to rest with all the amenities, and even venture into the local culture.
Here you have a proposal with the most interesting and recommended accommodations in Imbabura.
“”THE HIDDEN SECRET OF ECUADOR””
Located in the Andes mountains, about two hours north of Quito, “The Mirage”, a hotel with the natural flavor of the Andes. Each room with fireplace and living room has a beautiful view of the mountains and gardens. Built on the foundations of an old farmhouse, a paradise where fragrant gardens are a variety of bougainvillea, hibiscus, roses, and orchids, they will find freshly picked in the room. Our luxurious Spa offers a variety of treatments, including the healing powers of a shaman woman. The Mirage has an elegant fusion of culinary traditions, decorations and services in Ecuador.
Hacienda Cusin, Superior Tourist. Imbabura, Ecuador. ‘s a completely renovated colonial hacienda, 10 minutes south of Otavalo, San Pablo del Lago. It has attractive rooms, some with a fireplace and is decorated with colonial antiques. Dinners are served in the light of the candles.
Hacienda Pinsaquí, Superior Tourist. Imbabura, Ecuador.
It is a colonial farm, which has been exquisitely restored, was built in 1790 and was originally a textile factory which local weavers and spinners. In the late 1800s, it produced Pinsaquí textiles that were exported to the United States.
Among its famous guests, is General Simon Bolivar, who usually spent the night in Pinsaquí during his frequent trips back and forth to Bogota. An important treaty between Colombia and Ecuador was signed up at the Hacienda, and much of the story is in its corridors. The main structure of the Hacienda was destroyed by an earthquake in 1867.
It has now been restored and adapted with 16 spacious and comfortable guest rooms with fireplaces and a heavy ornate beds for its guests. Pinsaquí has a unique atmosphere within its long corridors, thick walls, chandeliers and antique furnishings that evoke echoes of sounds and voices from the past.
With three centuries of history, the romantic Hacienda Pinsaquí invited to be part of his magic and legends. La Hacienda Pinsaquí Freile has been in the family since 1888.
Puerto Lago, Superior Tourist. Located 5 minutes from Otavalo, in a stunning setting on the banks of Lake San Pablo. The restaurant overlooking the lake is recognized as one of the best restaurants in the province.
Besides comfortable cabins or chalets with fireplace, Puerto Lago offers a wide variety of water activities: skiing goatee, jet skis, water bikes, water skiing, etc.
Hostería Pueblo Viejo has a convenience spacious and sumptuously decorated five suites with a total capacity of hosting 90 people.
A large ballroom and banquet facilities for their social commitments, with a capacity up to 300 is complemented with a beautiful chapel for 80 people where you can perform marriages, baptisms, and first communions.
Be invited to relax in our spa, it offers a heated indoor pool with solar heating, sauna, steam, two whirlpools, gym and polar, all supplemented with massage area and aromatherapy.
Besides, you can combine leisure with work activities in our “Convention Center” that bhas the ability to set up 20 computers. This center is equipped with internet, infocus, fax, audio and video, all that current technology requires.
They say that Huayna Capac and Pacha romance took place in what is now Chorlavi, one of the most beautiful destinations in the Ecuadorian highlands, that was invaded by the former lovers of peace, inspiration and heaven, not in vain Chorlavi means “Love Nest”.
In Chorlavi, in a two centuries monastery and a colonial hacienda, you live a legend, seeing the dance culture of the people around the main pool, tasting the delicious national and international dishes or listening to the sweet whispers of the river and its silent witness … eternal love.
Chorlavi is characterized by receiving guests with kindness, tradition and comfort, under a cozy colonial style, you enjoy the most modern hotel services.