Itchimbía Cultural Center

Iquique and Itchimbía Streets, La Tola neighbourhood
Quito, Ecuador

Submitted by: Pablo Puente

Given the ample visibility that this park has of the city, it is considered a natural viewpoint. There is also an excellent Cultural Center on the top of the hill.

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Why It Works

The Itchimbía, along with the hills of El Panecillo, Placer, and San Juan, delimited the space of the Spanish city of San Francisco of Quito, founded in 1534. This elevation is in the northeastern part of the urban plateau, at a height of 2910 ms.s.n.m. At the moment all their flanks are occupied by the new city.

There is a total surface area of 54 hectares, approximately 400 varieties of flowers, 40 species of birds, and one hectare of humedal. This natural wealth turns it into an interesting place, attractive for visitors and a space of encounter and recreation.

What Makes Itchimbía Cultural Center a Great Place?

As a natural viewpoint, it is easy to get to from most places in the city. Its location in the Old City gives it a central location.

The natural landscape of the park provides much-needed green space in Quito, and this alone makes the park attractive and comfortable.

A lot of people visit the park, especially on weekends or when there are expositions. The cultural center and views make it one of the nicest recreational spaces in Quito. The new private management is introducing educational, recreational, ecological, and cultural initiatives to make the park more attractive.

The whole city loves the park, the Cultural Center, and specially the great and excellent view of the capital of all the Ecuadorians. These factors make it an extremely popular destination for all city residents.

History & Background

This beautiful mountain was a sacred space of special reverence for our predecessors, as much because of its importance for adoration and contemplation of the gods, as its strategic location and absolutely irregular landscape. The European conquerors used it for hunting and military training, perhaps resisting the sacred function that, as much the Incas as their Quitu-Caras predecessors had given this extended hill. In this urban landmark, the Mayor of Quito has relocated the structure of the old Market of Santa Clara that opened in 1889, and looks similar to Les Halles of Paris.

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