Visit the Parks in Quito

Many tourists and locals want to break away from the fast paced energy of the city. In a bustling metropolis like Quito, the traffic, sounds and city streets can become too much. Fortunately the city has a number of quiet areas where locals and visitors can relax and unwind, surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, manicured lawns and the tranquility only nature can bring. In these parks within the city limits, the rush of the city seems miles away and families are able to enjoy the peacefulness and magnificence of these areas.

There are a few parks to choose from in Quito when planning to escape the city, such as the well known Botanical Gardens. When looking at this park, measuring each square kilometer on its own, this botanical garden is one of the most diverse on earth. Its magical dry forests, tropical flowers and more than five hundred orchid species will mesmerize visitors.

Parque de la Alameda is the oldest park in Quito and allows visitors to go on pedolas or rowing boats on its crystal clear lake. Parque Metropolitano Guanguiltagua is the largest park, covering over five hundred and fifty hectares. It offers both biking trails and walking trails though its hillsides. Parque Metropolitano Guanguiltagua also has the most breathtaking views of the Pinchincha Volcano due to its location.

There are two sides to enjoy to Parque La Carolina. It is the main park of the city and is a park that bursts with activity. Over and above long strolls, exciting jogging routes and bike trails, the park also offers horseback riding, football, aerobics and even roller-skating. Children are entertained with boat rides and games. The park is home to the Botanical Gardens, mentioned earlier, and Vivarium. Vivarium is a world of reptilian and amphibian wonder, and hosts forty-five of the different species that can be found in the forests and tropical areas of Ecuador. Visitors will be able to view the Amazon Dwarf Caiman, a five meter long Boa and even the legendary Poison Frogs of the jungle.

For picturesque views, Itchimbia Park is recommended. It is located at 2 910 meters and is believed to have been an ancient ceremonial site. Children especially enjoy this park for flying their colorful kites and enjoy the games that have been set up for them. With so many parks to choose from in Quito, each with their own unique features, visitors are recommended to visit them all, as they are all as beautiful as the next.


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