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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 $225
Hacienda Rumiloma

Hacienda Rumiloma

Obispo Diaz de la Madrid s/n, Quito
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 40 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in a provincial park, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Calle La Ronda, La Carolina Park, and Foch Square. Quito Cathedral and Metropolitan Hospital are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Citimed Hotel $59
    Citimed Hotel

    Citimed Hotel

    Mariana de Jesús OE7-02, Quito
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 47 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in Quito, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Metropolitan Hospital, La Carolina Park, and Foch Square. Quito Cathedral and Calle La Ronda are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      JW Marriott Hotel Quito $109
      JW Marriott Hotel Quito

      JW Marriott Hotel Quito

      Avenida Orellana 1172 Y Avenida Amazonas, Quito
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 335 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Quito, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of La Carolina Park, Foch Square, and Quito Cathedral. El Jardin Mall and Centro Comercial Multicentro are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Suites Metropoli $50
        Suites Metropoli

        Suites Metropoli

        Martin de Utreras N31 114, Quito
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 166 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Metropolitan Hospital and La Carolina Park. Foch Square and Quito Cathedral are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Le Parc Hotel, Beyond Stars $104
          Le Parc Hotel, Beyond Stars

          Le Parc Hotel, Beyond Stars

          República de El Salvador, Quito
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 333 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from La Carolina Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Foch Square and Quito Cathedral. Botanical Garden of Quito and Quicentro Shopping are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Spacious Apartment in Quito With Parking, Internet, Washing Machine $63
            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, La Carolina Park, and Foch Square. Also nearby are Casa De la Musica and Rumipamba Archaeological Park.

              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, La Carolina Park, and Foch Square. Also nearby are Casa De la Musica and Rumipamba Archaeological Park.

                Hotel Reina Isabel $65
                Hotel Reina Isabel

                Hotel Reina Isabel

                Av. Amazonas N23-44 y Veintimilla, Quito
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 943 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in La Mariscal, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Foch Square, La Carolina Park, and Quito Cathedral. La Mariscal Craft Market and Gabriela Mistral Square are also within 6 mi (10 km).