Ibarra: City Overview

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Ibarra (full name San Miguel de Ibarra) is a city in northern Ecuador. It lies at the foot of the Imbabura Volcano and on the left bank of the Tahuando river. It is about 70 kilometres (43 mi) northeast of Ecuador’s capital Quito.

The city was founded twice. The first time, in 1606, was by mandate of the Royal Audience of Quito. A devastating earthquake on 16 August 1868 forced the city to be re-founded in 1872. Based on its newest date of foundation, Ibarra is the youngest city in Ecuador.

Today, Ibarra is a market town popular with tourists. It has mild weather, colonial white-washed houses (giving it the nickname The White City), and cobbled streets.


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