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P is for Panama Hats

♦ PANAMA HATS are of course misnamed, for while Panama gets the credit, Ecuador makes the top of the fine extrafino hats. The name Panama Hat was adopted in 1903 when nearly 100,000 hats were shipped from Ecuador to Panama…

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O is for Orchids and Otavalo

♦ ORCHIDS aficiandos need only head an hour northwest from Quito to find the Pahuma Orchid Reserve; it’s the wet forest home to over 270 species of orchids (9 of which are endemic), as well as bromeliads, mosses and ferns. …

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M is for Modern Arts, Mercado Central, & Museums

♦ MODERN ART MASTERS: Get to know Ecuador’s vibrant contemporary art scene. Internationally recognized, for example are Manuel Rendon, who brought the Constructionist Movement from Europe to influence such fine arts as Enrique Tabara, Oswaldo Vitieri and Anibal Villacis. At the…

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K is for Kids ♥ Quito and Kallari Chocolate

♦ KIDS ♥ QUITO - Put on your list of the capital’s kid-friendly attractions: Museo Interactivo de Ciencia (Interactive Science Museum), designed for children between 3 and 8 years and housed in a former textile factory; Vivarium, located in La Carolina…

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J is for Jardin Botanico, Jogging, and Jacchigua

♦ JARDIN BOTANICO, covering 3.2 acres and designed to showcase Ecuador’s incredible variety of  Andean ecosystems and habitats, is also located in Parque La Carolina.  Here visitors are guided through wetlands, cloud forests, high-altitude moorlands and drive forest, alive with…

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H is for Holy Places and Hop On/Off Bus

♦ HOLY PLACES, LESS VISITED:  Once you have delighted in seeing the city’s grandest churches, La Compania de Jesus and San Francisco, head for the Metropolitan Cathedral; visit a particular joy from the 18th century, the Church and Monastery of…

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G is for Getting to High Places in Quito

♦ GETTING TO HIGH PLACES: Top viewpoints for Quito The Teleferiqo aerial tram rides begins on the city’s western fringes, climbing the flanks of the massive Pichincha Volcano from 3,000 up to 4,000 meters. On a clear day, the panorama…

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