The Ecuador Chronicles - 2011-20
A Visit to Parque Itchimbia;
And Centro Cultural Itchimbia;
Great Views and a Great Restaurant
by Ray Almand
Recently I spent a pleasant morning exploring Parque Itchimbia. The park is located high on a hill on the east side of Colonial Quito, only a short taxi ride from our apartment. The large Itchimbia Cultural Center, or Crystal House, is a landmark visible from all over Colonial Quito - second only to the Virgin of Quito statue on Panecillo. Take a look here for a Chronicle covering the Virgin of Quito: http://livewellecuador.com/ParqueEjidoandPanecillo.aspx.
Let's start with a look at the park. The park is large - it covers 133 acres. There are bike trails, hiking trails, playing fields - it looks like a good place for a weekend picnic. I was there on a Tuesday morning so there were not many people, but on weekends it offers an escape from the city for Quiteños. Here are a few pictures of the park:
First, Let's Get the Rules Straight
Kids, Out for a Walk, Can't Resist posing for the Camera
Biking, Hiking Trail
Tuesday Morning, High Elevation Runner
Centro Cultural Ithimbia
The park and the Centro Cultural sort of blend together. The building is a mixture of iron and glass. It is modeled after the city's original Santa Clara market, built in 1889. Centro Cultural Itchimbia was inaugurated on July 31, 2004. It is a venue for artistic displays and cultural events. The building is as impressive up close as it is from a distance. The day I was there the building was empty - Not much happening on a Tuesday Morning, except the grounds keepers were busy.
Just below the main entrance there is a Pim's restaurant, same owners as the Pimm's at Panecillo. Pim's seems to be trying to corner the market on restaurants with incredible views. After all my wandering around I was tired and thirsty. I ordered a coke and sat at one of the outside tables to enjoy the wonderful view of Colonial Quito. I will definitely bring Dalynda here for and evening out with a view. Take a look for yourself.
Centro Cultural - Wind Art in the Foreground
An interesting and Impressive Building.........
A View and a Cold Drink
And a Zoom on the Basilica
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