EL EJIDO PARK
Open 24 hours. However, we recommend planning your visit taking into account the hours of attention of the attractions in this sector.
Between Av. 10 de Agosto, Av. 6 de Diciembre and Av. Patria
What was once terrain for cattle-grazing has become one of the favorite places for locals to play (and place their bets on) Ecuadorian-style 3-on-3 volleyball…
his unique polygon-of-a-park was once a free-range cattle-grazing prairie and has become one of the favorite places for locals to play (and place their bets on) Ecuadorian-style 3-on-3 volleyball… played with a soccer ball… the man with the suitcase is the bookie! Locals, especially older generation locals, play the popular game of cocos as well… an Andean version of boules. It’s an interesting spectacle to watch, and many players get very competitive!
Local artists sell their oeuvres outdoors on weekends; a street craft market surrounds the children´s playgrounds; and comedian Michelena paints his face white and satirizes on everything from politics to tradition, El Ejido is a true historic portal that, with much weekend activity, separates the city’s past and present. Don’t miss admiring Quito’s very own Arc de Triomphe, the Arco de la Circasiana. Across the street: To the north begins touristy La Mariscal, and to the east, find a second park, El Arbolito (The Little Tree), where indigenous protesters camp out, home to the essential Museo del Banco Central, with important art and archaeology collections, Teatro Prometeo and Casa de la Cultura.