Travel with Children

There’s plenty to keep the kiddies happy in Quito. Parque La Carolina is a good place to start: you can pedal around the lake in a paddleboat, or take in the natural history museum or the Vivarium, where the snakes, turtles and lizards will surely interest and/or frighten them. Nearby, the Jardín Botánico has a hands-on area for kids. The park is also home to the Mundo Juvenil, with a tiny planetarium, kids' shows and changing exhibits.

At the base of the TelefériQo there’s an amusement park, Vulqano Park, complete with bumper cars and other rides.

Housed in a former textile factory south of Old Town, Museo Interactivo de Ciencia has loads of hands-on exhibits to keep all ages engaged, from toddlers to tweens.

Built on the lower slopes of Pichincha and at the site of the city's first water distribution tanks, Museo del Agua-Yaku tells the story of the city's relationship to the most vital resource through interactive exhibits good for kids.

Tourist-oriented babysitting services are difficult to find in Quito unless you’re staying at one of the city’s top-end hotels, in which case the hotel will arrange for a sitter.