Casa Gangotena

At the heart of the Old Town

Casa Gangotena is located at the temstre of the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, sharing the same breathing space as some of the most beautiful and historically important buildings and churches on the planet.

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Located in Quito Historic Center

Paved streets, white-washed houses adorned with intricate balconies, and grand plazas are quintessential Quito, forever under the gaze of the winged Virgin statue high up on the Panecillo hill.

With everything within walking distance, the Old Town invites you to explore its streets, plazas and passageways seeped in the history and culture of the city; to peep into the darkened shops selling traditional hats and chocolates; and to pause on street corners to taste the snacks, like grilled corn on the cob with cheese, that the residents have enjoyed for generations.

The city serves as an architectural archive –  a preserved wonder from a bygone era –  and is brimming with museums and exhibitions explaining the who, what, when and why of the jewel in the crown of the Andes.

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Experiences in the hotel

Casa Gangotena’s ‛Quito Experiences’ is a portfolio of activities created to offer a new vision of Ecuadorian and local traditions as well as the historic richness of the city and the Hotel itself. These unique experiences take place every day between 6 and 7 pm, a magical hour derived from Quito’s magnificent natural setting and the Hotel’s privileged location. Please ask our staff for the activity of the day.

Chocolate tasting

Ecuador’s just-right tropical climate has produced a superior quality of chocolate: rich, bitter, heavenly and devilish all in one mouthful. Led by our chef, guests of Casa Gangotena have the opportunity to taste a selection of chocolate from diverse regions of the country, learning about the art and science that goes into the creation of the one perfect bite.

Tours of San Francisco

The beautiful Church and Convent of San Francisco are open to the public, but our exclusive visit, hosted by a Franciscan monk, takes us up secret winding staircases and into towers normally accessed by bell ringers and the choir alone. The unique experience, during a mass, is the most comprehensive way of learning the secrets of one of Quito’s most iconic religious buildings.

Limpia Andina

There’s a different kind of spa treatment on offer at Casa Gangotena – a treatment for your soul. The Limpia Andina, or Andean Cleansing, is a ceremony performed by local traditional medicine expert Mama Rosita, whose family has been practicing the ritual for generations. Using local herbs and plants, Mama Rosita removes bad energy from your body, leaving you feeling content and energized.

History of Casa Gangotena

Do you know what the shell represents in Casa Gangotena’s coat of arms? Or where society ladies used to take high tea and gossip in the 19th century? As a former home to one of Quito’s most illustrious families, Casa Gangotena is rich with secrets, and our discussions of its history scratch the surface of the past of the very corridors you will tread.

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Packing List

What to wear?

High up in the Andes, Quito’s climate is typically unpredictable. Weather can make an about-turn from bright sunshine to torrential rain in the blink of an eye, so it is important that you take this into consideration when packing. Make sure to bring:

  • Comfortable shoes for exploring the Old Town on foot
  • Light rain jacket
  • Light layers of clothing
  • Umbrella
  • Sun hat and sun lotion
  • Water bottle
  • Warm jacket for evenings

Packing List

What to wear?

High up in the Andes, Quito’s climate is typically unpredictable. Weather can make an about-turn from bright sunshine to torrential rain in the blink of an eye, so it is important that you take this into consideration when packing. Make sure to bring:

  • Comfortable shoes for exploring the Old Town on foot
  • Light rain jacket
  • Light layers of clothing
  • Umbrella
  • Sun hat and sun lotion
  • Water bottle
  • Warm jacket for evenings

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Ecuador

Aside from the rich cultural heritage found around the country, Ecuador’s natural biodiversity is staggering, and its wildly varying regions are surprisingly accessible.
Head north of Quito and you will pass majestic volcanos, staying in historic haciendas surrounded by lakes and Indian markets. To the west is the mighty Amazon jungle, where the concentration of animal and tree species is just as unfathomable as the gallons of water rushing through its rivers. A few hours south of the capital is Cuenca, a city of romantic colonial architecture and the springboard from which to discover Inca ruins and cultural gems. Casa Gangotena is only the beginning of the adventure…

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