Museo de Ciencias Naturales


To further acquaint yourself with Ecuador’s flora and fauna, head to the curious natural-history museum inside the Instituto Nacional de Bioversidad in Parque La Carolina. Contemplating the thousands of dead insects and arachnids on display is a good way to rile your nerves before a trip to the Oriente.

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Nearby Quito attractions

1. Jardín Botánico

0.05 MILES

Parque La Carolina’s most popular attraction is this peacefully set botanical garden with native habitats covering páramo (high-altitude Andean grasslands…

2. Vivarium


Provide fodder for your jungle fears with a visit to the Vivarium, home to 40 species of reptiles and amphibians including snakes, iguanas, turtles, frogs…

3. Parque La Carolina

0.18 MILES

North of Mariscal Sucre lies expansive Parque La Carolina. The attractively landscaped park fills on weekends with families who come out for paddleboats,…

4. Mundo Juvenil

0.18 MILES

An interactive museum featuring life-size animatronic dinosaurs, a planetarium, a library and a theater as well as temporary exhibitions are among the…

5. Centro Cultural Mexicano

0.85 MILES

Features great monthly exhibits of Mexican artists and other cultural events celebrating Mexican culture.

7. Mirador de Guápulo

1.15 MILES

The views from the lookout platform are magnificent: on a clear day, you can see Volcán Cayambe and Cerro Puntas as well as the upscale suburb of Cumbayá …

8. Capilla del Hombre

1.16 MILES

One of the most important works of art in South America, Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamín’s Capilla del Hombre stands next to the Casa Museo…