Where nature meets culture
The biggest city in Northern Sierra is Ibarra along the bank of the Tahuando river. Often referred to as the ‘White City’ due to the colonial style of whitewashed houses, the city is known for its local cuisine and thriving nightlife. Every year, on the last weekend of September the festival of Fiesta de los Lagos where colourful parades take over the streets.
The Volcan Cayambe is one of the more popular attractions here and is ideally located next to the pre Inca ruins of Cochasqui. Here you will also find the Réserva Ecologica Cayambe Coco; a hiker’s haven with multiple different trails available in a variety of different levels from beginner to advanced.
Northern Sierra is reputed for its incredible craftwork and the cities of Cotacachi and San Antonia de Ibarra have their own artisanal specialities. The first is a leader in leather products, from belts to shoes and bags while the latter is known for its wood carving work.