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The Ecuador Chronicles - 2009-11
 
Friday Night Out in Quito;
       An Old Colonial Street Full of Quiteños;
                             And The World's Narrowest bar
 
La Ronda started out as a small pre-Inca and Inca footpath to a place on the Rio Pichincha  for washing clothes.  During the Colonial era it became an important street, a place of privilege, due to its proximity to the river.  It is one of the oldest streets in Quito.  In the 20th century it was home to Quito’s bohemian community, a place of painters, artists, musicians, poets, artisans; some of Ecuadors's most influential thinkers have lived on La Ronda.  By the 1970's it had become a run down, dangerous place.  La Ronda has recently undergone a major renovation - it is now a street of restaurants, bars, shops and live music venues.  It still retains its colonial character.
 
La Ronda at Night
 
A couple of years ago Dalynda and I visited La Ronda; it was very nice, but not a lot happening.  What a difference two years makes - now it is a happening place!  What has made the difference - Quiteños; people from Quito are coming to La Ronda for a night out.  Quito has a lot of tourists, but for an entertainment area to succeed it must attract locals - not just visitors.
 
On La Ronda There is Live Music Everywhere
 
  
Live Music at Vasija del Condor - Cafe-Bar Restaurante Cultural
 

  

Music in a Small Hotel Lobby; Live Music in the Street
 
The World's Narrowest Bar - IntePeña
 
Recently Juan, Matt and I went to La Ronda for an evening out.  I think we happened upon the world's narrowest bar:  IntePeña - Musica en Vivo.  The place is narrow and goes slightly up hill, with the musician at the end.
 
Just to Give a Perspective
 
IntePeña only serves beer and Canelaso.  Canelaso, an Ecuadorian favorite, consists of Canelo, a sweet herb, with high proof Caña (sugar cain) liquor.
 

A Couple of Philosophers Enjoying a Canelaso Toast
"Hail Fellow Well Met!"
 

 

Fellow Patrons - Enjoying the Musician in the Background
 Owner Patricio Lopez, Center - Fortunately A Rather Skinny Fellow 
Patricio is Expanding; Plans to Keep the Narrow Room 
 
More Images of La Ronda
 
Young Quiteños Taking a Break
 
   
This Couple Does Not Need a Break
 
 
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