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August is the month for the arts in the Ecuadorian capital city, so here are some cultural options to enjoy the artistic side of Quito. Enjoy the culture and gastronomy of a World Heritage Site that surprises for its details and its people’s kindness.
Located in the best preserved historical center of Latin America, is the main square of the city. It is also known as the “Plaza Grande” and on its center rises the main monument to celebrate the country’s libertarian deeds, which dates from August 10, 1809. Many important administrative institutions gather around the square such as the Carondelet’s Palace (Government Palace), Municipal Palace and other religious sites such as the Archbishop Palace, a palatial building that serves as the official residence of the Archbishop of Quito. In August the flowering of the “arupo” trees fills the place with pink tones. In addition, in this site you’ll find many restaurants and gastronomic options that serve the traditional Quito’s sweet and salty flavours.
Monasteries and bell towers:
During August there will be several touristic circuits along the Route of the Monasteries and Bell Towers. For a month, these architectural sites open their doors to it’s inner beauty and invites tourists to learn about the artistic wealth that they conceal. In addition, from the bell towers you can observe Quito on its full splendor under a blue open sky. Narrow and steep streets, heritage houses and multiple architectural structures that show us the beauty of one of the best preserved and largest historical centers in Latin America.
Learn about the tour and activities in August (in spanish).
The Alberto Mena Caamaño Museum is located inside the Metropolitan Cultural Center, on the Eugenio Espejo Street. The cultural site showcases the process that lead from the Royal Audience of Quito to the Republic of Ecuador. Old not so dusty books from previous centuries and a collection of paintings, sculptures, archaeological pieces and more heritage objects shows Quito’s history. The main attraction is a themed room with wax figures that represent the Massacre of August 2, 1810, with life-size statues manufactured by Francisco Barbieri.
La Ronda Street:
Juan de Dios Morales Street offers a journey to the past, a walk through history, colonial culture and patrimonial gastronomy. Stepping into these cobblestone paved street you’ll admire the beauty of Quito’s old days balconies and interior courtyards, which have now become cultural, music and entertainment spaces. An entertainment site, all ages approved, because of its offer and security. Crafts workshops, childhood sweet treats, traditional games and art shows awaits you in La Ronda.
More information here (in spanish).
Metropolitan Cultural Center:
This site contributes with the acknowledge, evaluation and promotion of heritage and cultural expressions on its many halls. Art and music shows occupy weekly this heritage building, which in 1945 was the site of the Central University of Ecuador. In addition, the Federico González Suárez Municipal Library is located on this building and it holds a large number of books from different topics.