San Antonio de Ibarra Ecuador: Woodcarving Village

Posted on December 5, 2014 • Filed under: Culture, Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Latin America Travel reported…Whether you are looking for a calm charming place to spend the day near the city of Ibarra, or are in search of some gorgeous wooden decorations and furniture for your home, San Antonio de Ibarra is the village for yo to visit.

Having spent most summers as a kid going to visit my grandparents at their hacienda in Ibarra, I have had the opportunity to visit some of the most charming and traditional places in the city and its surroundings. One of these places, is San Antonio de Ibarra. Just a short drive from the city center, you find the sign showing the road to San Antonio.


The city center is quaint and small and as you stroll along the main square you will feel the peace that surrounds this village of artists. The best way to explore the village is by foot, and then to walk inside some of the more than 15 wood carving galleries and workshops. Once there, you realize why this village is often referred to the “wood carving capital of Ecuador, as stepping into one of the shops will fill you with awe on the myriad of motives and decorations made with wood to be found.

Is it possible to create such delicate and gorgeously decorated items in wood? The options are plenty as well, creativity here is combined with practicallity.

I of course included a visit to San Antonio de Ibarra to the itinerary I planned for my in-laws, when they visited Ecuador. Read Article

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