Museo de la Ciudad
Museo del Carmen Alto
This year-old museum housed in a former Carmelite monastery called Monasterio del Carmen de San Jose (or Carmen Alto) has fascinating...
Arco de la Reina
Further south, the Arco de la Reina , a massive arch built in the 18th century to give shelter to churchgoers, spans García Moreno.
Monasterio de Carmen Alto
On one side of the Arco de la Reina stands the Monasterio de Carmen Alto . Inside this fully functioning convent, cloistered nuns stay...
El Kukurucho del Maní
This delightful snack stand cooks up kilos of nuts, corn kernels and coquitos (coconut sweets) in a giant copper kettle.
García Moreno near Rocafuerte · interesting places nearby
Museo de la Ciudad information
Just past the 18th-century arch, Arco de la Reina , built to give shelter to churchgoers, this first-rate museum depicts Quito’s daily life through the centuries, with displays including dioramas, model indigenous homes and colonial kitchens. The 1563 building itself (a former hospital) is a work of art. Admission includes a free guided tour in Spanish. Guides are also available in English and French (an extra $4).