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Great places to visit in northern Quito

Go to the Teleferiqo and watch Quito City from 13,287 ft, visit amazing museums and galleries and take a walk through la mariscal.The following sites are not within walking distance from each other. We recommend you to take a taxi.

TELEFERIQO

Watch the Andean mountain chain at your feet! Quito’s TeleferiQo (cable car) is located on Cruz Loma, one of the hills on the slopes of the  Pichincha volcano (15,000 ft). The cable cars take off at 9,680 ft and reach 13,287 ft in 8 – 10 min! When reaching the top, because of the altitude, make sure you walk at a slow pace to avoid feeling dizzy due to the lack of oxygen! If you are adventurous, you can climb to the summit of the “Rucu Pichincha”. 

Cost of the cable car is $8.50 roundtrip. Opens everyday from 8h00 to 20h00. At the foot of TeleferiQo you can enjoy VulQano Park, which offers carts, roller coasters and other exciting games.

GUAYASAMÍN FOUNDATION HOUSE MUSEUM ( La Capilla del Hombre) – This Foundation was created by artist Oswaldo Guayasamín in 1977. Besides portraying the artist´s life, the museum exhibits an excellent sample of pre- Columbian, colonial and contemporary art from the artist´s private collections. 

“La Capilla del Hombre” (Man’s Chapel) is located next to the house Museum. This architectonic space is a memorial dedicated to the Latin American man, from pre-Columbian times to current days. In the year 1985,  artist Oswaldo Guayasamín conceived the idea and assumed it as his most ambitious artistic project. Unfortunately, the artist passed away before his masterpiece was completed, but his descendents Guayasamín Monteverde continued with his work until the building was inaugurated in the year 2002. The altar of the Chapel holds an eternal flame in defense of peace and human rights.

Both museums are open Monday thru Sunday from 10h00 to 17h00. Closed in National and Regional Holidays. Entrance fee: $8 Adults, $4 Senior & Students. Children until 12 years free. Sunday free admission for Ecuadorians.

GUÁPULO CHURCH Visit the most beautiful pulpit in America! This sanctuary is located in the Guapulo neighborhood, 1.5 miles heading down from the Hotel Quito. The sanctuary can be reached by car in about 10 minutes or you can walk down a colonial stone paved way which was the route followed by Francisco de Orellana on his exploration that lead to the discovery of the Amazon River. The facade and the dome of the church have a simple neoclassic style. The main altar painted by Miguel de Santiago and the image of our Lady of Guadalupe by Diego de Robles are original masterpieces. Many historian consider the pulpit carved by the indigenous sculptor Menacho as the most beautiful in America. 

Monday – Saturday 08h00 to 12h00 and 14h00 to 18h00. Phone: 256 5652. Free admission.

GUÁPULO PARKLocated in the same charming Guápulo neighborhood, close to the colonial church and overlooking the valley, this park of more than 47 acres includes a picnic area, a camping area, and children entertainment area.   It also has a horse-riding ring, where a program of assisted education with horses is carried out. 

 More than 1,000 children with special needs and senior citizens are benefited with this program. Monday thru Sunday: 6h00 – 18h30.

ANHALZER-VALDIVIESO COLLECTION

The showrooms of the Anhalzer-Valdivieso Collection offer visitors an image of the splendor of ancient Ecuador, with a selected presentation of archeology, popular and colonial art.

Monday thru Friday from 9h00 to 18h00. Saturday from 10h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

CENTRAL BANK MUSEUM Pre-Colonial, colonial and contemporary art appear in 1,417 pieces exhibited permanently and in temporary displays. It also presents an opportunity to learn about the origin, evolution and history of Ecuador.

Tuesday thru Friday 09h00 to 17h00. Weekends and holidays 10h00 to 16h00. Entrance fee: $2. Guide service available.

MODERN ART AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS MUSEUM As you enter the museum, you will encounter an important collection of Ecuadorian paintings from the XIX century with a variety of themes and styles: religion, portraits, landscapes, among others. Continuing the visit, you can find important works of art by some of the most renowned Ecuadorian artists: Oswaldo Guayasamín, Eduardo Kingman, and Camilo Egas. You can then find the Musical Instruments Museum. Many of the displayed instruments date to pre-Columbian times. Next to this exhibit you can find an important ethnographic display of the different indigenous communities of the Ecuadorian Andes.

Tuesday thru Friday from 9h00 to 16h30 and Saturday from 10h00 to 14h00. Address: Los Espejos Bldg, located between: 6 de Diciembre, 12 de Octubre and Patria Avenues. There is an entrance at each of the avenues. 

Museum

EL EJIDO PARK

It is located at the intersection of Patria and Amazonas Avenues. If you like contemporary art, this is the place to go on weekends. A walk in the park will bring you face to face with beautiful paintings and other handicrafts. 

QUITO BOTANICAL GARDENExplore the fascinating world of plants! This garden displays more than 1,200 orchid species, along with other unique flora species of Ecuador! It is located at Rumipamba street inside “La Carolina” Park. 

Monday 9h00 to 13h00, Tuesday to Sunday 9h00 to 16h30. Admission fee: $3,50 adults, $2 children and $1,75 senior citizens.

LA MARISCAL Visit the entertainment district of the city, and surround yourself with  restaurants, bars, cafes, internet cafes, Spanish schools, and a large range of hosting options. This area is highlighted on the Quito map in a red square. Plaza El Quinde (Reina Victoria and Foch) is one of the most popular meeting points for both Ecuadorians and tourists. Every Wednesday night at 20h30 live music presentations take place at this charming square.

MERCADO ARTESANALThis typical handicraft market offers a variety of handicrafts from all over the country at  excellent prices, displayed in more than 100 colorful stands. If you are not able to visit the Otavalo indigenous market in the Imbabura province, this market in Quito is a must.

Located at Jorge Washington St. between Rein

a Victoria and Juan Leon Mera St. Open every day from 9h00 to 19h00.

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