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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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Lodging Near Calle La Ronda

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Hacienda Rumiloma $225
Hacienda Rumiloma

Hacienda Rumiloma

Obispo Diaz de la Madrid s/n, al final de la calle, Quito, Pichincha
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 42 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in a provincial park, this luxury hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Calle La Ronda and within 3 mi (5 km) of La Carolina Park and Foch Square. Metropolitan Hospital and Casa De la Musica are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Citimed Hotel $55
    Citimed Hotel

    Citimed Hotel

    Mariana de Jesús OE7-02, y Nuño de Valderrama, Quito, Pichincha
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 50 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in Quito, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Metropolitan Hospital and La Carolina Park. Foch Square is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

      JW Marriott Hotel Quito $109
      JW Marriott Hotel Quito

      JW Marriott Hotel Quito

      Avenida Orellana 1172 Y Avenida Amazonas, Quito, Pichincha
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 349 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Quito, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of La Carolina Park and Foch Square. Independence Square and Quito Cathedral are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Suites Metropoli $46
        Suites Metropoli

        Suites Metropoli

        Martin de Utreras N31 114, entre Mariana de Jesus y San Gabriel, Quito, Pichincha
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 172 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 Independence Square are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Le Parc Hotel, Beyond Stars $109
          Le Parc Hotel, Beyond Stars

          Le Parc Hotel, Beyond Stars

          República de El Salvador, N34-349 e Irlanda, Quito, Quito
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 352 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Quicentro Shopping and La Carolina Park. Foch Square is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

            Hotel Reina Isabel $58
            Hotel Reina Isabel

            Hotel Reina Isabel

            Av. Amazonas N23-44 y Veintimilla, Quito, Pichincha
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 969 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Located in La Mariscal, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Basílica of the National Vow, Foch Square, and La Carolina Park. Independence Square and Quito Cathedral are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Hotel Dann Carlton Quito $92
              Hotel Dann Carlton Quito

              Hotel Dann Carlton Quito

              Avenida República de El Salvador N34-377, Quito, Pichincha
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 479 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Quito, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Quicentro Shopping and La Carolina Park. Foch Square is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) away.

                Great Apartment in Metropolitan Quito Area!!! English, French and Spanish
                Great Apartment in Metropolitan Quito Area!!! English, French and Spanish

                Great Apartment in Metropolitan Quito Area!!! English, French and Spanish

                Quito, Pichincha
                   
                  4.8
                  of 5, from 5 reviews
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Quito, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Metropolitan Hospital and La Carolina Park. Foch Square and Independence Square are also within 3 mi (5 km).