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If you have a limited period of time in Quito, don鈥檛 miss a tour of the Centro Hist贸rico at night or the weekend market at Parque el Ejido (especially if you can鈥檛 make it to the market in Otavalo). If you have more time, be sure to take a trip to El Panecillo, which offers excellent views of the narrow Andean city. Or, take a trip to Parque La Carolina, where you will get a true taste of the relaxed, life-loving Ecuadorian culture as families putt around the boat pond, send their little ones biking or skateboarding over concrete peaks in the skate park and dirt bike track, play sports or just lounge and enjoy the day. Some museums not to miss while in Quito are Guayasamin鈥檚 Capilla del Hombre and the Museo Nacional del Banco Central del Ecuador.



Other Activity pages in Quito that may be of interest: Centro Hist贸rico Activities, Things To See and Do in Tumbaco, Cumbay谩 Activities, Guayllabamba Activities, La Floresta Activities, Gu谩pulo Activities, La Mariscal Activities, Activities Around Quito, Things to See and Do in Quito and Papallacta Activities.








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Museo Alberto Mena Caama帽o

Hidden up some stairs at the back of the Centro Cultural Metropolitano with no signs in sight, this museum can be tricky to find. Formerly known...

Museum
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
Plaza San Francisco

Plaza San Francisco

The cobbled Plaza de San Francisco is one of Quito鈥檚 oldest and most impressive sights, including, as it does, views of the magnificently white...

City Plaza
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
Plaza de la Independencia

Plaza de la Independencia

As you wonder around the Centro Hist贸rico, you鈥檒l probably find yourself walking into the majestic Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), at...

City Plaza
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
Los Coches de La Colonia: Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

Los Coches de La Colonia: Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours

What better way to enjoy the colonial center of Quito than in the preferred method of transportation of a century ago, a horse and buggy! Quito's...

Cultural Tour
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
Mirador El Panecillo

Mirador El Panecillo

El Panecillo鈥攐r to use the Inca name, Yavira鈥攊s a lush green hill visible from many different points in Quito. La Virgen del Panecillo, the...

City Plaza
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
Museo de la Ciudad

Museo de la Ciudad

Housed in a spacious and attractively restored old hospital building just east of Plaza de Santo Domingo, the Museo de la Ciudad is certainly...

Museum
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia

Casa Museo Maria Augusta Urrutia

Once the home of Quito鈥檚 best known philanthropist, this museum is now dedicated to Mar铆a Augusta鈥檚 life and work helping Quito鈥檚 street...

Museum
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
El Palacio Arzobispal (The Archbishop's Palace)

El Palacio Arzobispal (The Archbishop's Palace)

Opposite the cathedral in the Plaza Grande, the former Palacio Arzobispal (Archbishop鈥檚 Palace) now houses a row of shops, ranging from...

Historical Building
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
Iglesia de la Catedral (The Cathedral)

Iglesia de la Catedral (The Cathedral)

On the southwestern side of the Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande) is the Iglesia de la Cathedral. It is unusual in Ecuador, in that it's...

Historical Building
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
Monasterio de San Francisco

Monasterio de San Francisco

The bored-looking stone chap in the northern corner of the Plaza de San Francisco is Franciscan missionary Joedco Ricke, who set to work in the...

Historical Building
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
La Bas铆lica del Voto Nacional

La Bas铆lica del Voto Nacional

A relatively new addition to the Quito skyline, and now one of its most striking landmarks, is the Basilica del Voto Nacional, or simply "the...

Historical Building
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
Iglesia de La Merced

Iglesia de La Merced

With its plain white exterior, handsome bell tower (the highest in colonial Quito) and tiled domes, the church of La Merced is a good example of...

Historical Building
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
Palacio del Gobierno

Palacio del Gobierno

The building on the northwestern side of the plaza above the row of arched, hole-in-the-wall shops, is the Palacio del Gobierno (Presidential...

Historical Building
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
Parque Alameda

Parque Alameda

Between Old Town and New Town, the small triangular Parque Alameda is the closest open space to the Centro Hist贸rico, and therefore one of the...

City Plaza
Centro Hist贸rico, Quito, Ecuador
Parque El Ejido

Parque El Ejido

On the southern edge of the Mariscal, the big, grassy Parque El Ejido is fairly empty on weekdays, but fills up at weekends with whole extended...

City Plaza
La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador
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