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Calle La Ronda - Cultural Tour Quito - Ecuador

Parting from Calle Benalcázar, the downhill walk along Calle La Ronda is a short journey through a very significant representation of colonial life in Quito. The term ronda refers to a small alleyway within the walls of a city, and although Quito was never walled, the street once marked the southern boundary of the city. In the 20th century, the neighborhood took on a bohemian flair as the street was the home and hang-out of artisans, painters, musicians and poets.

In recent years, La Ronda was infamous for its trash, crime and prostitution. In 2006, thanks to the help of the local government, represented by FONSAL (Fondo de Salvamiento del Patrimonio Cultural), and families in the area, the street was finally cleaned up and its colonial atmosphere restored. The original cobblestones are still intact, and the white-walled buildings feature wooden doors, balconies and hanging flower baskets. The narrow pedestrian-only lane is now home to small art galleries, candy and souvenir shops, and cafés and restaurants serving traditional food. There is often live music and street theater, particularly during citywide festivals. The best time to visit La Ronda is around sunset and in the evening, when the streetlights come on.


As nightfall creeps over the city, La Ronda lights up its cobblestone alleyway with live music, bubbling vats of canelazo, freshly-made empanadas, and crowds of people. Along it's narrow, white-walled path are a number of bars and restaurants that open their doors to tourists and quiteño's alike. With a wide variety of cuisine offerings, ambiance and invigorating spirits, La Ronda serves up an overwhelming palette of choices. Ultimately, it is up to the traveler that wanders down its alleyway to discover where to go and what to choose from; and trust us, there's plenty to pick from.


Starting on Benalcázar, Calle Morales (La Ronda) crosses Venezuela and Guayaquil and ends at Maldonado.

Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

Cultural Tour

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Relative price: Free

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
US dollar

Here are other activities in and around Centro Histórico that may be of interest: Los Coches De La Colonia and Los Coches de La Colonia: Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours.

11 Mar 2013

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