In the streets Cuenca and Bolívar you can find one of the most beautiful museums in the city, the Casa del Alabado, a Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. It has over 5000 archaeological pieces of which 500 are exhibited permanently. The treasures this place contains appears evident right from the entrance of the restored seventeenth century colonial house, there is a small patio that inspires tranquility and once you enter the museum, the light dims and one is fully immersed in the pre-Columbian world.
Walking through the narrow and charming street of La Ronda is sort of like a dream, the old Spanish style houses that Quito’s Old Town architecture is known for is still preserved. Small balconies can be seen with their geraniums overflowing their pastel colored houses. At night the street is full of life, lights illuminate the path, traditional music is playing, but there is also “salsa” that can be heard when passing through the night bars in the area. The strong smell of “canelazo”, a typical drink that has cinnamon, naranjilla and alcohol fiercely enters through your nose when a lady waves a glass of it near your face and giant and slightly greasy “wind empanadas” make your mouth water.
So, remember when I said don’t get carried away by the sweet smell of sugar?
Well, now we are going to do just that. For those with a particularly heightened “sweet tooth”, like me, the Old Town is the ideal place to try out unique traditional flavors (foto 1 y 2). Oh, and the “dog poo” here is exquisite.
Today is particularly busy in Old Town Quito. I feel the warmth of the sun on my back as I walk down Garcia Moreno, my ears overwhelmed by the sounds of car engines roaring, tires unexpectedly screeching, loud honks (mostly unnecessary), and countless conversations between neighbors, vendors, couples, children ... The Old Town at the weekend is never still.