Ecuador tourist attractions. You will start your day at the hotel, following a tour through the residential neighborhoods in the north of Quito, continuing on the avenue “Gran Colombia” entering the historic centre of the city. You will pass the church of the “Basílica”, with its impressing facade crossing beautiful old colonial streets, to then arrive at the “Plaza Grande” (Big Square), where you will find the House of Government, the Archbishop Palace. Just in front of you, crossing the square you will able to visit the Cathedral which is the home of numerous paintings and sculptures of artists from colonial times. Just a few meters further, you will reach the church of “la Compañía”, especially attractive due to its interior decoration, which is completely made out of gold leaf. You will then continue until the square and church of “San Francisco”, which is also the home of important antique paintings and sculptures. To finish the city tour you will be taken to the viewpoint of the “Panecillo” Hill, from where you will be able to enjoy a beautiful view over the old and modern city of Quito.
Guápulo: bohemian neighborhood, located on the eastern side of town. From this point Fransisco de Orellana started his great journey which led to the discovery of the Amazonas River. You will find several restaurants and bars with a folkloric touch. Its small main road leads to the church of Guápulo. TeleferiQo: located between 2950 and 4000 mts above sea level, you will find the Volcano Park, a permanent amusement park, ideal for families and friends. You will also find a cable car, that takes you up to the top of the “Pichincha”, where you are offered a great view over the whole city and, with a bit of luck, also some of the main volcanoes and snow mountains of the Ecuadorian highlands. San Juan: traditional neighborhood of the historical center, characterized by its pronounced inclined streets. On days with blue skies, you will be able to spot volcanoes, such as the Cotopaxi, the Antisana and the Cayambe. Panecillo Viewpoint: natural viewpoint, which emerges in the very center of the city. It is located at 3000 mts. and divides the southern part of the city from the historical center. From there you will be able to see the “Cima de la libertad” (Top of liberty), the historic center and the southern part of Quito. When the sky is clear, you can spot volcanoes, such as the Cotopaxi, the Cayambe and the Pichincha. Itchimbia: here you will find the cultural center and the crystal palace, which was designed by the famous French architect Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. From there you will have a panoramic view of the historical center, especially the Basílica Church, as well as the South of Quito.
Parque Metropolitano de Quito: being the largest eucalyptus forest in the North of Quito, it has an extension of 557 ha. It is ideal for walking and downhill cycling. There are several natural viewpoints that offer a great view of the valley of Cumbayá. It is also perfect for yoga and bird watching. Parque La Carolina: is a urban park in the center of town, offering infrastructure for different sports, such as soccer, basketball, cross cycling, skating and rowing, just to name a few. Botanic Garden: offers a great variety of Ecuadorian flora, such as many species of orchids. Parque El Ejido: marks the border between old and modern Quito and is a shelter for around 1470 species of native plants. You will be able to see some traditional Ecuadorian sports, such as Ecuavolley and the “trompo”. On the weekends the park offers expositions of paintings, handicrafts and cultural activities. Parque La Alameda: this is the oldest park in Quito (6 ha), where you will find the first astronomic observatory of the city. There is also an artificial lagoon. Parque de las Cuadras: this is one of the largest parks in the South of Quito, also having a green house and many open spaces
Handicraft Market “Artesanal”: with nearly 100 small shops, this is a colorful open square, in which you will find a wide range of handicrafts made out of the “tagua” nut, copper, leather, fabric, etc. El Tianguez: located on the square of San Fransisco, the concept of fair trade for the poorest share of the population is very important. The articles sold in this place are mainly representations of the identity and value of natural and cultural national heritage. Ecuador Gourmet Gallery: located in the heart of the Mariscal sector, this gallery offers products from a large share of businesses and entrepreneurs working with high quality handicrafts and gourmet products. Plata Bella (beautiful silver): this place is located on the big square in the historic center and offers silver jewelry made by hand. In each one of these pieces you will be able to see the art work done by these experts.
Quito La Mariscal
Arc of the “Circasiana”: this arc is located at the entrance of the park “Ejido”, is 8 mts. tall and made completely out of stone. This arc shows carvings from the renaissance and was the gate to the palace with the same name during ancient times. Foch Square: located in the center of the Mariscal, it is the perfect place to take a walk and taste some of the best gastronomy in town. There are also plenty of bars of all types and age groups. It is also the home to many travel agencies, galleries, souvenir shops and handicraft shops, as well as Spanish schools. Gabriela Mistral Square: offers a place to rest, read or enjoy cultural activities and is very close to all the other services offered in this sector Boulevard of the Colon Avenue: one of the main streets in Quito, it crosses the city from east to west. You will find 3 of the main transport systems, from where you can easily reach any point of interest in town. Julio Andrade Park: this is a quite place where you will be able to see 5 bronze sculptures of important people during liberal times.
Cultural Quito / Theaters
Sucre Theater: made in neoclassic style, this is the first theater built in Quito. Many important plays and orchestras have used its stage and its interior is decorated with exclusive art from the XIX century. Theater “Variedades Ernesto Albán”: in the past used exclusively as a movie theater, in 1994 the town administration re-opened this place with the name of one of the most representative actors of the city Bolivar Theater: it was opened as a cultural center for scenic arts and cinematography. A tragedy destroyed parts of the theater that had to be rebuilt. Its architecture represents styles such as art deco and neo classism. Theater Mexico: this is the first theater in the South of town, firstly used as a movie theater and afterwards adapted to be used as a cultural center. Its style is modern and it is known for its versatile interior infrastructure, sound system and lighting. House of Music (Casa de la Música): its impeccable acoustic is considered one of the best on the southern hemisphere for the art of music. It is one of the tallest concert halls of the world. CCI Theater: is located in the interior of the shopping center CCI and offers modern infrastructure, good acoustic and high tech lighting.
Quito Culture / Museums
Museo de la Ciudad: located in one of the oldest building in Quito, it offers paintings and objects that are part of the history of our city. There are also rooms for temporary expositions Metropolitan Cultural Center: in the past, this building served as home to the Central University of Ecuador and the headquarters of the Royal Audience of Quito. Its infrastructure includes exposition rooms and the public library Wax Museum A.M. Caamaño: donated by Alberto Mena Caamaño, this museum offers an invaluable collection of art and documentation. The largest part of the exposition consists of wax figures that represent the most emblematic characters of Ecuadorian history Contemporary Art Center: located in the traditional neighborhood of San Juan, the building has been renovated to become one of the main attractions of this area. It is the center of the contemporary art collection National Museum of the “Casa de la Cultura”: offers an exhibition of important archeological objects, as well as gold and colonial, republican and contemporary art. There are also several rooms for temporary exhibitions Museum “Capilla del Hombre”: inspired by inca architecture, this museum displays important works dedicated to the Latin-American man, by the well known artist Oswaldo Guayasamin Museum Mindalae: ethno-historical museum that displays handicrafts. Mindala (salesman) was a person that used to make treats and deals at markets and on squares in ancient times. Museum of the Cathedral: its interior is the home to many paintings and sculptures, in which artists from Quito impregnated their characteristic and unique carving and painting techniques. The paintings belong to the well known artists Manuel Samaniego and Bernardo Rodriguez and show the religious syncretism of its time. Museum of the Convent of San Fransisco: in its interior you will find religious artworks from the XVII and XIX centuries Museum Camilo Egas: painting collection from the famous artist Camilo Egas. Indigenism, expressionism and surrealism are well represented in his work. Museum “Casa de Sucre”: shows objects that used to belong to the Sucre-Carcelén family and honours the heroes of the battle of Pichincha. Its purpose is to keep alive the memory of the Marshal Antonio José de Sucre and his family in Ecuador. Museum María Augusta Urrutia: a very important place during the XIX century with its national art and a collection of European furniture that give the house a very distinguished flair. Additionally to the artwork, you will be able to appreciate a great variety of objects of daily use from past times. Museum “Cima de la Libertad”: this museum tells the historic facts of the battle of the Pichincha. On its walls several moments of Ecuadorian history are told and on its grounds you will find the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a weapon gallery, the symbolic remains of Manuelita Sáenz, the room of the battle of the Pichincha and the room of the “libertadores” Museum of the Water “Yaku”: is located in the historical center, in the sector “El Placer” (The Pleasure) on the first built water silos for storing and purifying water for the city of Quito from the beginning of the last century. It is an interactive museum that follows the concept of learning by doing
Quito Zero Latitud
City Middle of the World: here you will find the monument for the equatorial line. This monument was built years after the French Geodesic Mission visited Ecuador to realize studies and measurements to locate the center of the world. You will also find busts of the members of this mission, as well as an ethnographic museum in the inside of the monument.
Archeological and Ecologic Park of Rumipamba: inca remains and old eruptions from the Pichincha volcano are to be found, as well as a display of the Yumbo culture La Florida: pre-inca chambers and tombs of the Quitus culture can be found