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The Ecuador Chronicles - 2011-20

A Visit to Parque Itchimbia;
                  And Centro Cultural Itchimbia;
                                     Great Views and a Great Restaurant
by Ray Almand 
Parque Itchimbia 
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:
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
Park Wildlife
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.........
........And Inside
A View and a Cold Drink
And a Zoom on the Basilica
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