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  • Address: Calle Juan de Dios Morales, Quito, Ecuador

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Calle La Ronda Tours

In downtown Quito, you’ll find the essence of the city along the emblematic street affectionately called Calle La Ronda. Visiting this pedestrian street at the southern end of the Old Town is like taking a walk back in time.

The narrow houses with their balconies and interior courtyards tell the story of Spain’s influence in Ecuador. But the history of Calle La Ronda goes much further back; rumor has it the Incas used this same path beginning in the 1400s. In time, people established houses along the route, and taverns were opened to care for the needs of travelers.

Painters, poets, musicians, writers and other influential people have been drawn to this street, where the colonial architecture, music, art and food sum up the identity of Quito. Although the area went through a period of violence, it has since been restored and is now a safe place to visit, especially popular among locals and tourists on weekends. 

Go at night to get the full cultural flavor, when live music spills out of tiny bars and the bohemian atmosphere makes it seem as though the artists and poets that lived on this street in times past have come to life again. 

Antique stores and souvenir shops provide a peek into the past as well as the local culture and give visitors a chance to pick up popular Ecuadorian take-homes like Panama hats (which are actually from Ecuador). In addition to the restaurants lining the street, there are also small shops that sell delicious empanadas, chocolate-covered strawberries, canelazos (a typical hot drink made with aguardiente and cinnamon), and other traditional Quito dishes. 

Practical Info

Calle Juan de Dios Morales, referred to as Calla La Ronda, is just one block south of the Santo Domingo Plaza. Taxis are often recommended for travel around Quito, but it’s also easy to get to La Ronda from the trolley bus line — just get off at the Santo Domingo stop and walk from there.

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Quito City Sightseeing Tour Including Teleférico Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike, Quito, null
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Quito City Sightseeing Tour Including Teleférico Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Discover Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and learn about its colonial architecture, history and culture on this full-day, small-group tour. Take in breathtaking ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo, Quito, City Tours
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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

Learn about the history, architecture and customs of the people of Quito in this trip. You will have the best view of the city once up on the top of ...  Read more

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Half Day Tour Old District Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Half Day Tour Old District Quito

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Join this 4-hour  tour in the Old District of Quito which have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage because of its historical buildings, churches, ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Half Day Quito City Tour, Quito, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Location: Quito, Ecuador
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From USD $15.00
Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Horse Ride Pichincha Volcano Tour, Quito, Bus & Minivan ... 
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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Horse Ride Pichincha Volcano Tour

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Get to know this World Heritage UNESCO site on horseback, for a full-day tour riding for almost 3 miles in the Andes, with a great view of Quito surrounded by ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.00
Full Day Tour, Museum and Traditions of Quito, Quito, Full-day Tours
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Full Day Tour, Museum and Traditions of Quito

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You'll have the opportunity to meet a traditional market, visit the museum Casa del Alabado and walk towards the traditional Calle La Ronda to tour their ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Quito City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off, Quito, Full-day Tours
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Quito City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

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Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: Flexible

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Private Tour of Historic Quito, Ecuador and Mitad del Mundo, Quito, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Private Tour of Historic Quito, Ecuador and Mitad del Mundo

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On this private tour you will leave at 9 AM and get to know two of the most important places in Quito; the historic center and Mitad del Mundo. First you will ...  Read more

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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico

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Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Quito City Tour and Papallacta Hot Springs, Quito, Full-day Tours
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Quito City Tour and Papallacta Hot Springs

Enjoy this guided, small-group cultural tour of Quito and visit the relaxing Papallacta hot springs. This full-day tour takes you to explore the highlights of ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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