Hostal El Arbolito
Right across the street from the hotel, you'll find the beautiful plaza and church of San Francisco. Take some time to walk around town and take your pick of the many restaurants specializing in various local and regional dishes. Afterwards, satisfy your curiosity by shopping down the famous 10 de Agosto. There are so many things to do and see you might not know where to begin.
One of the greatest local attractions is Lake Cuicocha. It is a three kilometer wide crater lake at the foot of the Cotacachi volcano. It's about a 20 minute drive from the hotel. The crater was created by a massive phreatic eruption about 3100 years ago. The volcano itself has been dormant ever since. At the center of the lake you'll see three "islands" which are actually domes formed by lava that have since become the forest and plant covered land masses you see today.
Located in a valley, the city of Otavalo is surrounded by the peaks of various mountains and volcanoes making the view absolutely spectacular. Its native inhabitants are famous for their textiles. Their end products can be seen and purchased at the Plaza de los Ponchos, an open-air market, throughout the week, although Saturday is the busiest day and you will find more variety of goods.
The capital city of Imbabura, Ibarra, lies at the foot of the Imbabura volcano and is a market town popular with tourists. It boasts fine weather, colonial white-washed houses (giving it the nickname, The White City) and cobbled stone streets. For the art lover, the Santo Domingo church houses a museum holding a collection of beautiful paintings.