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Calle La Ronda

Visit artisan shops, bohemian cafés and centuries-old houses as you wander this quaint cobblestone street on the edge of Quito’s historic center.

Stroll along Calle La Ronda for a glimpse into the culture and Spanish-era heritage of Quito. This lively pedestrian street is the place to explore historic buildings, sample traditional food, watch artisans at work and enjoy live entertainment. It’s said that Calle La Ronda’s history extends back to the 1400s when it was an Incan trail. Spanish colonists remodeled the street in the 18th century and by the early 1900s it was a favored hangout of artists, poets and musicians. The street was renamed Calle Juan de Dios Morales, but it’s still most commonly called La Ronda.

Note the colorful Spanish-built houses as you walk along the street. Check out the wrought-iron balconies adorned with colorful flowers and peek inside the doors to see attractive patio courtyards. Look for information signs that explain the history of some of the buildings. Among these buildings is El Murcielagario (Bat House), a secret basement bar frequented by musicians during the 1930s. 

Artisan workshops and galleries have set up in the old houses. Observe as chocolatiers, milliners, silversmiths and musical-instrument makers ply their trade. Shop for handcrafted toys, Panama hats, indigenous art and textiles.

Listen as the sounds of live music spills out of the atmospheric bars. Smell the aromas of local delicacies, such as fresh quesadilla, a flour or corn tortilla filled with cheese. Savor the aromas of the warm spiced fruit drink with rum known as canelazo, the perfect accompaniment to a chilly evening. Watch as children play games of hopscotch and El Sapo (The Toad), which involves tossing coins into the mouth of a brass toad.

Situated on the southwest side of the Centro Histórico (Historic Center), Calle La Ronda is just a short walk from some of Quito’s main attractions. Public buses stop in the vicinity. Nearby attractions worth visiting include the Museo de la Ciudad (City Museum) and the striking Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesús (Church of the Society of Jesus).

Calle La Ronda is generally quiet during the day, but springs to life after dark. Police patrol the area, making it a safe place to visit at any time of the day.


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Hacienda Rumiloma $138
Hacienda Rumiloma

Hacienda Rumiloma

Obispo Diaz de la Madrid s/n, Quito
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 36 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in a provincial park, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Calle La Ronda, Metropolitan Hospital, and Casa De la Musica. La Carolina Park and Equinoctial Technologica University are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Suites Metropoli $45
    Suites Metropoli

    Suites Metropoli

    Martin de Utreras N31 114, Quito
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 157 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Metropolitan Hospital and within 3 mi (5 km) of Basilica of the National Vow and Atahualpa Olympic Stadium. Quito Cathedral is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

      JW Marriott Hotel Quito $114
      JW Marriott Hotel Quito

      JW Marriott Hotel Quito

      Avenida Orellana 1172 Y Avenida Amazonas, Quito
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 321 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Quito, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from La Carolina Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Atahualpa Olympic Stadium and Basilica of the National Vow. Quito Cathedral is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

        Citimed Hotel $56
        Citimed Hotel

        Citimed Hotel

        Mariana de Jesús OE7-02, Quito
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 41 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in Quito, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Metropolitan Hospital and within 3 mi (5 km) of Atahualpa Olympic Stadium and Basilica of the National Vow. Casa De la Musica and La Carolina Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Hotel Reina Isabel $65
          Hotel Reina Isabel

          Hotel Reina Isabel

          Av. Amazonas N23-44 y Veintimilla, Quito
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 908 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Located in La Mariscal, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Foch Square and within 3 mi (5 km) of Basilica of the National Vow and Quito Cathedral. Atahualpa Olympic Stadium is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away.

            Spacious Apartment in Quito With Parking, Internet, Washing Machine $70
            Spacious Apartment in Quito With Parking, Internet, Washing Machine

            Spacious Apartment in Quito With Parking, Internet, Washing Machine

            , Quito
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Quito, this property is close to Metropolitan Hospital, Atahualpa Olympic Stadium, and Casa De la Musica. Also nearby are Rumipamba Archaeological Park and Calle La Ronda.

              Spacious Apartment in Quito With Parking, Internet, Washing Machine $83
              Spacious Apartment in Quito With Parking, Internet, Washing Machine

              Spacious Apartment in Quito With Parking, Internet, Washing Machine

              , Quito
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Quito, this property is close to Metropolitan Hospital, Atahualpa Olympic Stadium, and Casa De la Musica. Also nearby are Rumipamba Archaeological Park and Calle La Ronda.

                Hostal San Gabriel $24
                Hostal San Gabriel

                Hostal San Gabriel

                Lallement Oe5-75 y Pedregal, Quito
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Quito, this hostal is close to Casa De la Musica, Atahualpa Olympic Stadium, and Rumipamba Archaeological Park. Also nearby are Equinoctial Technologica University and Metropolitan Hospital.