Summertime in Quito

24/Julio/2012 | 09:18

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Fresh air, culture, fun, and sports – all of it enjoyed under the brilliant Ecuadorian blue sky and refreshing winds of July and August that blow through Quito.  If you are not sure how best to take advantage of the summer in the capital city, the Quito Tourism office has ten suggestions:

1. La Mariscal this corner of the city is the site of parties and Quito’s vibrant culture with open air concerts, fairs, and theatrical presentations. All activities take place each Saturday from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Check the  agenda at

2. La Ronda: Quito Turismo invites you to enjoy this traditional neighborhood to breathe fresh air, and participate in art, culture, and some traditional games.   Quito Tourism invites you to La Ronda each day where the games are free from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  And in the evenings visit the numerous bars, restaurants, and craft shops that sit along this colonial enclave.

3. Bicycle Routes: For mountain bike lovers Quito offers new routes and ecological stops. Some of the options include: Lloa-Palmira, Nono-Anaspungo and Cinto-Torouco-Cruz Loma, routes located in the skirts of the Pichincha Volcano.  For more information call 299-3300.

4. Central Historical District:  Quito’s colonial district offers great museums and cultural attractions such as the city musuem, Yaku wáter Museum, and Interactive Science Museum to name a few.  And each Saturday night Quito Tourism sponsors Heritage Night with music and activities.  For more information check in at

5. Metropolitan Parks: Quito has a number of large public parks with spaces for picnicking, sports, trekking, cycling, and flying kites.  Many of the parks offer great views and all have plenty of fresh air.  Some suggestions: Metropolitan Park, Carolina Park, Itchimbia, Elijido, and Alameda.

6. Quito Tour Bus: This new attraction takes travelers to the city’s emblematic sites, offering auditory tours in Spanish or English.  Riders can get on and off at any of the ten different stops along the 3-hour route and hop back one when the next bus comes around.   Cost: $12 for adults.

7. El Quinde Shop: A large showcase of artisan craft from Quito’s many different parishes await your discovery at the El Quinde Shop in the Plaza Grande. The shop is also an information center and a place to buy train tickets, tour bus tickets, and museum passports.  Located at the corner of Venezuela and Espejo.

8. Agenda cultural: In the month of August enjoy QuitoFest, the Velada Libertaria, and the Ecuador Salsa Congress.  For more information call Quito Tourim at 299-3300.

9. Around Quito: Lakes, waterfalls, thermal springs, cloud forests, mountains, and high plains await you in the 33 rural parishes of the Metropolitan District of Quito.  Great options for day trips include Papallacta east of Quito, the Archaeological Museum of Tulipe in Nanegal, or the Metropolitan Zoo in Guayllabamba. 

10. Ecuadorian Train Prepare yourselves for an unforgettable experience that begins at the Chimbacalle Train Station in south Quito.  The trains leave daily for those who wish to take a ride back in time and experience the diversity and natural beauty of Ecuador.  Full schedules are found at:


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