Calle La Ronda

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sunshinelpc
toronto965 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We were told the place by the uber driver. And kind of cute street full of restaurants and drinking places. I think at night must be more romantic. Though we were there in the afternoon and drinking a big bottle of beer for $3 on the balcony
Written February 21, 2020
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA4,972 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
This a famous street to take some fun pics. The buildings are colorful and roads are cobbled. There are restaurants and shops along the way. We enjoyed the pacarri chocolate shops, interacted with the locals. We walked around took some fun pics
Written December 29, 2021
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iriegirlb4
South of the Border, SC141 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
A lot of history associated with this street in Old Town. Talk to the girls on the corner.
Becomes lively at night with music and street entertainment.
Close to the
Main square and the amazing Golden Church. Lots of fun things to see in this area.
Written February 11, 2020
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George S
Miami Beach, FL865 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I found this street not that interesting contrary to what the guidebooks and other reviews noted. It is basically a tourist attraction with restaurants and tourist shops. You are constantly pestered by hawkers trying to entice you to their stores or eateries. Quite frankly, it is not that interesting compared to the other streets in Centro Historico. Try not to spend much time here.
Written February 17, 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,377 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
They had the streets closed off when we were walking through and we found it interesting. A little off the tourist streets of Old Town, we found it quieter with a larger share of local artisan shops and plenty of cafes. The old brick bridge is worth a quick photo op, but wandering the few blocks is best.
Written February 4, 2020
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK615 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
This beautiful walkway is teeming with life at all parts of the day. It is the one place in the immediate area that is pretty safe on the whole. There are a number of quirky bars and restaurants offering all sorts of food and drinks and it is a great place to have a local Ecuadorean craft beer.
Written January 27, 2019
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born2travelit
Cesena, Italy16,025 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
dangerous in the past, very safe now thanks to all the police that control the area, this amazing neighbourhood is a must when you visit quito. very romantic and quaint, we love it
Written March 21, 2015
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Alvilro
Lima, Peru42 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
It is not a long street, but it´s full o very nice places. Small art shops, restaurants and coffee and chocolate stores. You can try there some of the best chocolate in the world, produced by artisan masters in Quito
Written May 19, 2016
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NathanS2013
4 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
I have been in and out of Ecuador for close to 20 years. Much has changed, for the good and the bad, and one HUGE change for the good has been Calle La Rhonda!

The mist important positive change has been the improvement in safety and security. Being downtown Quito (and Ecuador in general) personal safety must be one of your biggest concerns. La Rhonda is now full of police. This major visible police presence has made La Rhonda very very safe. That doesn't mean you should not stay aware of your belongings and who and what's around you.....one should always do that, but it means that you are at least safe from violent crime, in my opinion, while you are "in" Calle La Rhonda.

So, let's start from the beginning.

You can easily get there using a taxi. My recommendation for using Taxis in general, in Ecuador, is to download and use the free app WHATSAPP. It's very easy and much safer than hailing a taxi on the street.

You can also drive down and park nearby. The way that works is you find an area close by (and there are tons of streets with available parking. You find one or more folks "working" these areas. They are all mostly unofficial folks trying to make some honest money doing something useful. They will flag you down, direct you on where to park, help you park, and best of all, will watch your vehicle and thus deter criminals from either breaking in or stealing your car. When you return to your car, it is customary to "TIP" the fellow (or woman) at least $1.00 (and I often give them $2.00 or $3.00 if they are extra nice and vigilant as I like to support all that try and make money honestly!!)

Ok, now you have parked and walked over to La Rhonda. What now?

First off, you will notice lots of street people, offering/selling trinkets. Some are interesting and funny, some kind of crazy and bizarre. Interact with those you like and just ignore and walk away from those that make you nervous. And remember, watch your stuff (and if with friends, watch each other and their stuff) since we are most vulnerable when distracted and most nonviolent crime is done via distraction!

As you enter La Rhinda "proper", you will notice A) Lots of people, B) Vendors, C) Restaurants, D) Musicians, E) Artists, and F) at least one guy with a Parrot on his shoulder!

You will find lots of stores and restaurants and night clubs on both sides - check them out as they are all interesting. You can have a great expensive meal there, or inexpensive finger food (empanadas and the like). You can have a hot (coffee, cocoa) or cold beverage, and/or some homemade ice cream or pastries.

There are also TONS of photo opportunities. Great architecture (look up), and it's of interesting people. Feel free to "tip" some of the more poor, unfortunate people you see there (if you take their picture) and be prepared (as well) for some of them to get aggressive if you try to take their picture (or demand money before).....just walk away if any of that makes you uncomfortable as you find many more opportunities.

Finally, manage your alcohol consumption if you want to maintain your safety.

Overall, I think you will have a safe fun time exploring La Rhonda, and have the opportunity to see nice architecture, interesting people, sample new foods and drink, and enjoy ethnic music and dance.

I hope this review has been useful and that, if you go visit La Rhonda, you will have as nice a time as I always do.
Written November 21, 2015
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CliffS418
Franschhoek, South Africa121 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
We spent 4 nights in Quito, staying in the historical district, a 10 minute walk from our hotel. Our first night was Saturday, and we walked to Calle La Ronda for dinner. The street was packed and buzzing, with live entertainers is many many places! The experience was amazing, and every restaurant and shop was open and busy, full of tourists and local families alike. We went back on Sunday night, and it was a ghost town! Almost no one in the street, only about 1 in every 10 were even open, and those were sparsely attended. We managed to find a decent restaurant open on Sunday (Los Geranimos) but it wasn't easy. We went back Monday night and it wasn't much different than Sunday night. A few more open and a few more customers but again empty compared to Saturday. At our hotel we were told Thursday to Saturday nights are the busy nights to go there, with a full selection of restaurants open and busy, with live entertainers in many - who by the way come to EVERY table ASKING for a tip after their performances, before moving on to their next restaurant gig. PS Ecuadoreans typically eat later, so many restaurants on La Ronda don't open until 6:30 or 7PM.
Written March 31, 2017
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