Quito highlights according to local citizensQuito has many interesting places to visit. Too much to do in 2 days. Count at least 5 days to know the most important places. Casa Joaquín made a selection of the less known but nevertheless not less worthwhile to visit. To make it easier for you I have grouped them by sector.
Center - North of Quito - La Mariscal - Borja Yerovi Square
Artistic creations and designs with vivid colors on the walls of the houses bordering the Borja Yerovi Square, in the Quito neighborhood of La Mariscal. This space, which fuses art and culture, is currently the scene of various cultural expressions such as film festivals, dance group presentations and performances by bands. This varied program is complemented by the offer of bars and restaurants that represent an ideal option of rest, while contemplating the beauty of the facades
Center - North of Quito - La Mariscal - Handicraft Market
With an average of 100 stands, this market offers a great variety of crafts and souvenirs. Here you can do your shopping before reaching the Historic Center and, as it is open every day, is the perfect option if you do not have time to travel to Otavalo.
Center of Quito – Casa de Maria Augusta Urrutia Museum
It is house revoking the XIX century due to its national art and the collection of European furniture. His collection includes works of art from different eras. Here you can see a wide variety of objects used in the daily life of the past.
Center of Quito - La Merced Church
Baroque and Moorish style, a lively expression of the aesthetics of the sixteenth century. Inside you can find sculptures of Bernardo de Legarda (like the Virgin of Mercy, made of stone) and works by Miguel de Santiago, from the Quiteña School. The convent located in Mejía and Cuenca streets has an exceptional beauty.
Center of Quito - Modern Art Museum
(Near the cathedral). Even if you do not like modern art you should visit the building, which is a former convent converted into a modern museum.
North of Quito – Oswaldo Guayasamín Museum
His portraits show the pain, anger, tenderness, protest and dreams of the human being. You will find also pre-Columbian archaeological pieces, objects from the colonial era.
South of Quito - The convent of San Diego
A forgotten place but awesome. The convent possesses great works of the School of Quito of the XVIII century, among them, six very valuable canvases of Gorivar. The most outstanding work is one of St. Thomas Aquinas by Gorivar. Walk through the cemetery too and enjoy the Ecuadorian Marian sanctuary, built in the second half of the 17th century.
South of Quito - Chimbacalle
The old railway station has recovered his life and offers the visitors, several routes that leave from Quito towards diverse parts of the country, undoubtedly an unforgettable walk by the beautiful Ecuadorian landscapes. One of the most outstanding routes is the Tren Crucero, which departs from Quito and reaches Guayaquil through the Andes.
Center - North of Quito - La Mariscal - El Ejido Park
Located south of the neighborhood La Mariscal (if you go from north to south), this park becomes a large craft market during the weekend. The local artists exhibit their works (paintings, especially) and crafts. If you are lucky, you can witness one of the many shows of street humor or a game of coconuts, a traditional Quito game practiced almost exclusively by seniors
Center - North of Quito - La Mariscal - Covered Market Santa Clara
Discover where the Quiteños buy fruit and meat. But Santa Clara is also famous for its wide range of typical dishes: a wide variety of baked corvina, hornado, mote, encebollado, guatas
Center of Quito - Arenas Square
(In the historic center, near the cathedral). If you thought there were no “souk’s” in Quito you are mistaken. Visit local artisans working metal and others selling second-hand stuff.
Center of Quito - El Carmen Alto Church
A museum in the monastery, located in the two oldest cloisters, where you can appreciate the material and immaterial heritage preserved by the Carmelites for more than 360 years, in a modern exhibition with works by Religious art of anonymous and recognized artists of the city.
Center of Quito - San Agustín Church
Baroque in style, century XVI. Entering here you will make a trip in time that will allow you to know the work of Miguel de Santiago, one of the greatest exponents of the Escuela Quiteña de arte.
Center of Quito - San Marcos Neighborhood
Balconies, gardens and cozy spaces in what is considered one of the oldest neighborhoods in the Historic Center. Visit Manuela Sáenz Museum, which revive personalities like Simon Bolívar and the Church of San Marcos which contains valuable artistic and religious pieces and is located in the small and colorful park of the same name. It is accessed by Junín street.
North of Quito - La Carolina Park
With the botanical garden and his collection of orchids, carnivorous plants, Chacra Andina, Cactus, etc. The Botanical Garden of Quito is home to more than 5,000 plants of about 500 species, the vast majority are native species of our country
North of Quito - Rumipamba Ecological and Archaeological Park
An archaeological site of 32 hectares. With many vestiges of Aboriginal communities and mainly architectural remains. It is a space to learn about the Yumbo civilization, and that Quito existed before the arrival of the Incas
Center - North of Quito - La Mariscal - Foch Square
The heart of La Mariscal is located in Plaza Quinde – known as “Plaza Foch” by locals. The cosmopolitan side of Quito comes out at night when the bars, restaurants and cafés are immersed in a party atmosphere. With live music on weekends, this is the main meeting point for fun in the area.
Center of Quito - Alberto Mena Caamaño Museum
It is also known as the Wax Museum. The permanent room ‘From Quito to Ecuador’, which represents the murder of Quito patriots on August 2, 1810, occupies the spaces of the former barracks of the Royal Audiencia of Quito.
Center of Quito - Camilo Égas Museum
This museum houses the pictorial work of the modern Ecuadorian artist Camilo Égas, an icon in Ecuadorian art at the beginning of the 20th century, a forerunner of indigenism.
Center of Quito - San Blas Square
Considered as the entrance to the Historic Center of Quito since the 16th century and has a vertical garden, lighting and other details that invite you to make an unforgettable night tour.
North of Quito - Guápulo Neighborhood
Known as the Artist neighborhood. A viewpoint to admire this traditional and historical neighborhood along with the panoramic of the valleys. You will find cafes and galleries with a bohemian style, characteristic of this area. The church of Guápulo is an old colonial monastery.
Center of Quito - The Alameda Park
This is the park with the biggest historical baggage of Quito. Also known as “Chuquihuida”, La Alameda has several landmarks, such as the first astronomical observatory in South America, which still is in function and can be visited. In addition, the oldest viewpoint of the city is there located, called “El Churo” because of its spiral form. From there you can observe “ the Basilica of the National Vote”, the “Panecillo” and the “Pichincha volcano”. There is also an artificial lagoon where you can rent aboat: a true Quito tradition.
North of Quito - Guayllabamba Zoo
With 250 animals and 56 different species, it is a journey worth. And if you like fishing, the city of Guayllabamba is the ideal place.
South of Quito - YAKU water museum
An old water treatment facility converted into a splendid museum. An interactive museum, perfect for children. This museum has an incredible view of Quito and relaxing bar.