Imbabura (Spanish pronunciation: [imbaˈβuɾa]) is a province located in the Andes of northern Ecuador. The capital is Ibarra. The people of the province speak Spanish, and a large portion of the population also speaks the Imbaburan Kichwa variety of the Quechua language.

Province of Imbabura
Mount Imbabura from south-east.
Mount Imbabura from south-east.
Flag of Imbabura
Imbabura Province in Ecuador
Imbabura Province in Ecuador
Cantons of Imbabura Province
Cantons of Imbabura Province
Country Ecuador
 • Provincial PrefectRichard Calderón
 • Total4,785 km2 (1,847 sq mi)
 (2022 census)[1]
 • Total469,879
 • Density98/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zoneECT
Vehicle registrationI
HDI (2017)0.747[2]
high · 7th

The summit of Cotacachi Volcano at an elevation of 4,944 metres (16,220 ft) is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north-east of the town of Cotacachi. The volcano is located in the large Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve.

Imbabura Volcano is also located in the province. Best reached from the town of La Esperanza, the 4,609 metres (15,121 ft) high mountain can be climbed in a single day.

Cotacachi volcano as seen from the town of Cotacachi.



The province is divided into six cantons. The following table lists each with its population at the 2001 census and 2010 census. its area in square kilometres (km²), and the name of the cantonal seat or capital.[3]

Canton Pop. (2001) Pop. (2010) Area (km²) Seat/Capital
Antonio Ante 36,053 43,518 81 Atuntaqui
Cotacachi 37,215 40,036 1,726 Cotacachi
Ibarra 153,256 181,175 1,093 Ibarra
Otavalo 90,188 104,874 500 Otavalo
Pimampiro 12,951 12,970 437 Pimampiro
San Miguel de Urcuquí 14,381 15,671 779 Urcuquí



The governor of Imbabura is Paolina Vercoutere Quinche. She was appointed on 17 June 2022.[4]



Ethnic groups as of the Ecuadorian census of 2010:[5]

See also



  1. ^ Population and area of Imbabura
  2. ^ Villalba, Juan. "Human Development Index in Ecuador". Scribd (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  3. ^ Cantons of Ecuador. Retrieved 4 November 2009.
  4. ^ ""Ez diogu kolonizatu izateari utziko hezkuntza sistema irauli artean"". Argia. Retrieved 2022-07-05.
  5. ^ "Resultados".
Imbabura Volcano photographed in black and white.

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