7. Winged Garden in Tumbaco
Jardín Alado in Tumbaco is a Wildlife Rescue Center that prioritizes the existence of natural and recreational spaces for family and human recreation. It does NOT exhibit animals in cages, birds of prey and in particular are shown flying freely among the visitors.
Its main work is to rehabilitate wildlife for release (300 birds released so far), invest in projects for their conservation and carry out environmental awareness and education activities for all audiences.
Located a few minutes from the city of Quito-Ecuador, in Tumbaco on the Ruta Viva (8km). Within approximately one hectare of fruit gardens, they have the following spaces: Exhibition of birds of prey, Exhibition of Parrots and Macaws, La Granja, Restaurant, Hammocks, among others.
6. Interactive Museum of Science in Quito
The Interactive Museum of Science, administered by the City Museums Foundation, is located in the south of Quito in the emblematic neighborhood of Chimbacalle, where the cotton yarn and fabric factory “La Industrial” operated from 1935 to 199
The site has been converted into a contemporary interactive museum for the dissemination of science and technology that stimulates the cognitive development of children, young people, adults, the elderly and people with disabilities.
IMS offers permanent rooms, temporary exhibitions and a series of activities conceptualized in projects that combine science, education and museum techniques, so that visitors become the protagonists of their own experience, while they play, wonder and learn.
This Museum has 7 different rooms for children’s recreation and learning. Among them are:
- “GUAGUAS” ROOM: The “Guaguas” Room is an exhibition aimed at children between 3 and 8 years old, to bring them closer to the great biodiversity of plants and animals that inhabit the surroundings of Quito
- MIND ROOM: When you think about how your brain works, have you ever wondered what it’s made of? What’s the difference between men’s and women’s brains? Does the brain wear out with use? Or what happens in the mind when we sleep?
- Visitors to this exhibition will learn about the extraordinary complexity of the human mind, answer these questions, and question the habits they have formed in their day-to-day lives.
- LUDION ROOM: Ludión is an exhibition that shows classic physics in four major themes: electromagnetism, mechanics, energy and simple machines, present in 46 interactive modules that facilitate the understanding of the complex phenomena of movement.
- SITE MUSEUM: By 2018, this hall fuses history with technology and community to become an avant-garde scenario that rescues the intangible cultural heritage of the Chimbacalle neighborhood and the city of Quito.
- QUITO ROOM: This room offers the IMS public a renewed museum proposal that includes the emblematic projects that the DMQ Mayor’s Office is carrying out in order to live better.
5. The “QuitoZoo” Zoo
The Quito Zoo (also called Guayllabamba Zoo and Quito Zoo) is the name of a zoo located in the parish of Guayllabamba.
It occupies an area of about 12 hectares (0.12 km²). It is administered by the Zoological Foundation of Ecuador, a non-profit organization and member of the Latin American Association of Zoological Gardens and Aquariums.
Most of the animals in the zoo are native to Ecuador, however, species from other countries and continents can also be found. Quito Zoo is also a pioneer in Ecuadorian wildlife conservation programs.
This Zoo has different activities for its visitors. One of the most important is the Nocturnal Safari. In this Safari you could camp and discover the life of some nocturnal animals. Another important activity is Zookeeper for a day. Children will learn how to take care of wild animals and how to be a veterinary.
4. Nayón Extreme Valley
Extreme sports continue to gain followers and practitioners, who are starting younger and younger and have different tastes for fun.
However, the places where this type of activity was practiced were separated by large distances and, to do some of them, one had to travel far from the capital. For that reason, the Nayon Xtreme Valley adventure park was built in the Nayon Valley, 10 minutes from Quito. It has space for five extreme activities: canopy, paintball, rappel and dirt jump, as well as a space for hiking. On the route that leads to the Nayon Valley, you only have to let yourself be carried away by the “x” marked on the lighting poles and after a short time, the extreme park appears.
Lovers of extreme activities already have a place for them, very close to Quito.
3. Papallacta Hotsprings
Quito is not only an area of Ecuador where volcanoes abound but also has the formation of several natural hot springs. About 12 years ago, a group of Ecuadorian investors decided to take advantage of the natural beauty and miraculously healing waters of the area. This is how Hot Springs was born.
The hot springs are an hour and a half drive from Quito at an altitude of 3,200 meters and are something of a gateway to the jungle east as it is from this point that the descent to the Amazon plain begins.
There are public and private thermal pools. The public pools are located just outside the town. The entrance fee for adults is $2.00; while children and seniors pay half the price. Meanwhile, not far from the public baths, there are several 5-star hotel complexes with private baths, in addition to other services such as aromatherapy massages and physical therapy.
The surroundings are also ideal for hiking and trekking, as the range of paths goes from flat to steep.
2. Inti Ñan Museum
This ancestral complex is located in the parish of San Antonio de Pichincha, northwest of the capital, 200 meters away from the Middle of the World City.
The cultural center interprets the Ecuadorian history, from what was the Kingdom of Quito. It shows the work of the investigations carried out on the communities that inhabited our territory.
It is also a place to learn about the effects of the passage of the Equator, through experiments and demonstrations for the whole family. One of the most famous is to place an egg on the head of a nail. A real challenge.
The main objective of this place is to rescue the image of the existence of a geographic center of the ancestral cosmovision and an ethnoecological habitat in the Middle or Center of the world, everything with fun and learning.
1. Condor Park
With an impressive view of the Imbabura Volcano, the Cotacachi, and the San Pablo Lake, the Condor Park receives the visitors who arrive daily to meet the 18 species of birds of prey that live there. The center has become a mandatory stop for all wildlife lovers, who come to the place to interact with the birds and learn more about them thanks to the help of experts.
The self-sustaining project began in 2004 thanks to the initiative of the Dutchman Joep Hendriks, who has lived in Otavalo since 2000. His love for animals and his constant attack on nature led him to create a center where he could socialize the environmental problems caused by the destruction of ecosystems and, above all, the repercussions on birds of prey and other animal species living in Ecuador.
The ecological site is located on an area of 17 hectares at 2,800 meters above sea level, where nearly 50,000 tourists, both Ecuadorians, and foreigners, arrived in 2016. Its founder points out that all the birds in the center have been rescued or donated. Within its conservation plan, the liberation of the greatest possible number of species is contemplated. To this end, the park has a veterinary clinic where rescued birds arrive.
The birds that have not been able to be released remain under the protection of the professionals at the center, where they are displayed for visitors to learn about them. The information boards, besides providing information about the animal, also explain the reasons why they could not be released. This is a measure to expose the mistreatment they have suffered from humans, as about 70% arrive with bullet wounds and heavy blows.
One of the main activities of the center is the flying exhibition, which is held to show the birds to visitors while explaining their qualities and the fundamental role they play in the balance of the environment.
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