Ibarra/The Tourist Train to Salinas de Ibarra

Some web info: Ibarra (full name San Miguel de Ibarra) is a city in northern Ecuador and the capital of the Imbabura Province. 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.

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.

Helados de paila (handmade ice cream or sorbet) is still sold today. It was first made in Ibarra during Incan times (but not by Incas), using snow or ice from the nearby Imbabura Volcano (which is no longer snow bound). Using a large bronze pan surrounded by ice shavings, the juices of various fruits are stirred into the pan to freeze. (Helados Rosalia Suarez, at Miguel Oviedo y Olmedo, Ibarra, is a popular place to go and watch the ice cream being made.)

(Ibarra has a new shopping center called Laguna Mall. It also has the Supermaxi Plaza shopping center, as well as, a Gran Aki. And, the downtown area has a lot to offer.)

Lago Yahuarcocha, Ibarra, Ecuador

Lago Yahuarcocha
on Sundays, along this lake, mobile restaurants serve up delicious fish — very popular.

Hotel Conquistador, Ibarra, Ecuador

Hotel Conquistador, on the lake serves up good food.

The tourist train to Salinas de Ibarra is a very popular day trip. It now also runs from Otavalo, with one of the stops being Atuntaqui. For more info & schedule see: Tren Excursiones Ecuador  The pictures below are from Ibarra to Salinas de Ibarra only. 

Salinas de Ibarra Train

Train Station in Ibarra

Salinas de Ibarra Train

Car number 207 was gorgeous — each car is different

Salinas de Ibarra Train

Telling us what to look for along the route

Salinas de Ibarra Train

The train

Salinas de Ibarra Train

Waterfall along the way

Salinas de Ibarra Train

Welcoming visitors as they arrive in Salinas

Salinas de Ibarra Train

Salinas de Ibarra train Station

Salinas de Ibarra Train

A mural in Salinas de Ibarra — one of many.

Salinas de Ibarra Train

Salinas de Ibarra

Salinas de Ibarra Train

We’re coming up to that skinny bridge In the distance

Yikes, now the that bridge!

Yikes, now that bridge!

Salinas de Ibarra Train

Going over that bridge

Salinas de Ibarra Train

Now we’re looking directly down!

On another occasion when we took this train run, this was the only train car that ran that day, and we had the front seats right behind the driver, along with our guests from the States. 

Salinas de Ibarra Train

What is it? A train, a truck?

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