Visitor's Guide to Quito

15/Diciembre/2010 | 00:23

By Lance Brashear
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A.Carolina Park – Home to Botanical Garden, Natural Science Museum, and Botanical Garden

B.El Ejido Park – Weekend Art Fair,

C.Alameda Park – Home to Observatory

D.Itchimbia Park – Home to Crystal Palace

1.Plaza Grande / Independence Plaza. Site of Carondelet, the Presidential Palace, Cathedral Church, and the Archibishop’s Plaza, and cattycorner to the Metropolitan Cultural Center, home to the Alberto Mena Caamano Museum. Cathedral Church Tours: 930am-4pm, $1.50 adults, 257-0371 Alberto Caamano Museum Tours: 9am-5pm, $1.50 adults, 295-0762

2.San Francisco Plaza. Home to San Fransisco Church, Convent, and Museum, the Chapel of Cantuña.San Francisco Museum: Mon-Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-12pm, $2 adults, 228-1124

3.Santo Domingo Plaza. Home to San Domingo Church, Convent, and Museum.Friar Pedro Gocial Museum: 295-2911

4.Museo de la Ciudad, Garcia Moreno 572 & Rocafuerte, open Tuesday-Sunday, 930am-530pm, Admission $3 adults, 228-3882-3

5.Museo Iglesia de la Compañía, Garcia Moreno & Sucre, open Monday-Friday 930am-530pm, Admission, $3 adults, 258-1895.

6.Museo Miguel de Santiago (San Agustin), Chile 924 & Guayaquil Streets, Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm & 2pm-5pm. Saturday 9am-1pm, Admission $2, 295-5525,

7.Museo de San Diego, Every day 930am-1pm & 230pm-530pm, Admission $2, 295-2516

8.Museum of Colonial Art, Cuenca & Mejia streets, Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, Admission $2, 228-2297.

9.Camilo Egas Art Museum, Venezuela 1302 & Esmeraldas, Lunes-Friday 9am-1230pm, Admission Free, 257-2012.

10.Casa Del Alabado Museum of Pre-Colombian Art, Cuenca 335 between Bolivar & Rocafuerte, Tuesday-Saturday 930am-530pm, Sunday 10am-4pm, Admission $4,

11.Maria Agusto Urrutia Museum, Garcia Moren 760, Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Weekends 930am-530pm, Admission $2, 258-0103.

12.Capilla del Hombre, Lorenzo Chavez Ea18-143 & Mariano Calvache (Bellavista-El Batan sector), Tuesday-Sunday 10am-530pm, Admission $4, 244-8492,

13.Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales, Carolina Park, Monday-Friday 8am-1pm, 2pm-430pm, Admission $2, 244-9824

14.Yaku Museum of Water, El Placer Street Oe-11-271, Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm, Admission $3, 251-1100,

15.Central Bank Museum – Casa de la Cultura, 6 de Diciembre & Patria, Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm, Admission $2, 222-3258

16.La Ronda Street, Historical Center, liveliest Thurdsay-Sunday after 6pm.

17.Junin Street, home to 3 more museums: Architectural Museum, Manuela Saenz Museum, and National Watercolor Museum.

18.Panecillo Monument, Pancillo Hillside, Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm, Friday-Sunday 9am-9pm, Admission $1.

19.Rumipamba Archaeological Site, Mariana de Jesus & Occidental Highway, Wednesday-Sunday, 8am-430pm, Admission Free,

20.Artisan Marketplace, Jorge Washington Street between Reina Victoria & Juan Leon Mera, Open everyday 10am-7pm.

21.Botanical Garden, Carolina Park, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, Admission $3.50 adults, 246-3197,

22.Vivarium, Carolina Park, Tuesday-Sunday, 930-530pm, Admission $3, 244-9824.

23.Cable Car - TeleferiQo of Quito & Volcano Park, Cruz Loma – Slopes of Pichincha Volcano, Everyday 8am-8pm, $8.50 roundtrip cable car ride, 222-1996

24.Quito Eterno (Historical Tours), Hotel Real Audiencia, Bolivar & Guayaquil Streets, 228-9506,

25.Ciclopaseo, Bike Ride Through Quito, Amazonas Avenue, Every Sunday!

Beginning today and running every day through New Years Eve, witness a spectacular show of lights and magical illusions using laser projections upon the city´s most icongraphic sight – the Virgin of the Panecillo. Four moments, every night, will provide an unforgettable display: 8pm, 845pm, 930pm, 1015pm. A grand finale will be witnessed by all on December 31st a few hours before midnight.

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