Parque El Ejido
Best for: A spot of shopping
The land where Parque El Ejido is located was barren and used for pasture when the Spanish king claimed it in the 18th century to make a public space in a city that had no green areas. And when the city started advancing towards the north and buildings shot up this Quito park stayed green, strongly defended by the mayor and the people. Now, it’s a bustling urban park where artisans – some from the Indian market town of Otavalo – sell their traditional wares, including hand-woven textiles. One of the most distinctive features of the park is a great stone arch which came from the Circasiana Palace, owned by the illustrious Jijón y Caamaño family.