La Ronda Street, Quito

June 18, 2010 by Anil Polat  

la ronda quito

Located in the old downtown district of Quito, La Ronda was the high class neighborhood of the colonial days. More recently, up until its restoration in 2006 however, it was a dangerous area rarely visited by tourists or locals. Since then it’s become a lively strip where there are modern restaurants, hostels, and shops open well late into the evening. It’s also famous for its ice cream so if you’ve got a late night craving for some you know where to go.

The most striking thing about La Ronda is the police, they are practically everywhere. Literally surrounding La Ronda at the intersection of each side street and at the beginning and end of the strip, it made me wonder what it was like before 2006. That said, you may be wondering is Quito dangerous; La Ronda certainly is not.

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  1. I don’t think I ever went here on my visit to Quito but I remember them saying how they’d cleaned up the whole area

  2. Another post to add to my collection for when I finally make it to Ecuador (probably next year). Thanks for all the valuable info.

  3. Anthony says:

    Can anyone recomend a restaurant on La Ronda that’s not too pricey and has a nice view of the colonial city?

  4. Gourmantic says:

    Nicely done with the yellow against the darkness. Very atmospheric!

  5. ayngelina says:

    More Ecuador goodness for my delicious bookmarks, keep it coming!

  6. Sherry Ott says:

    Love the lights – great pic Anil!

  7. Jason says:

    But it’s not so hard to protect considering its only 3 small blocks in an otherwise massive city

  8. Cate says:

    I feel safer knowing there are police present than absent. Similar in Panama City a heavy police presence. Less so in San Jose Costa Rica, a grotty city which didn’t make me feel safe.

    • Anil P. says:

      Definitely in the downtown area and La Ronda, there were police everywhere and the perimeter was clearly marked off. A block or two outside of it though at night and it might be trouble.