Parque Itchimbia

Park in Quito

Sitting high on a hill above the Old Town, this grassy park boasts magnificent views of the city, running and cycle tracks and a children's playground. It’s the perfect spot to spread out a picnic lunch, soak up the sun and take in the panorama. It's a steep climb up here from the San Blas neighborhood; walk up Elizalde, from where steps lead up to the park.

The park’s centerpiece is the Centro Cultural Itchimbia, a large glass-and-iron building modeled after the city’s original Mercado Santa Clara, which hosts regular art exhibitions and cultural events.