Monasterio de Carmen Alto
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.
Museo de la Ciudad
Just past the 18th-century arch, Arco de la Reina , built to give shelter to churchgoers, this first-rate museum depicts Quito’s daily...
El Kukurucho del Maní
This delightful snack stand cooks up kilos of nuts, corn kernels and coquitos (coconut sweets) in a giant copper kettle.
Monasterio de Carmen Alto information
On one side of the Arco de la Reina stands the Monasterio de Carmen Alto . Inside this fully functioning convent, cloistered nuns stay busy producing some of Quito’s tastiest traditional sweets. Top picks include the limones desamargados (literally ‘de-soured lemons’), made by hollowing out tiny lemons and filling them with a sweetened-milk concoction. Purchase them through a revolving contraption, which keeps the nuns hidden, or at the shop next door, where you can also buy traditional baked goods, aromatic waters for nerves and insomnia, bee pollen, honey and bottles of full-strength mistela (anise-flavored liqueur).