Parque La Carolina, Quito

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Whether you’re looking to sit back and people-watch, go for a jog, or join a game of soccer, Parque La Carolina offers a place to take a break from the city’s busy streets. The large park in the center of the business district is one of the most popular outdoor areas of the city for visitors of all ages. Inside the park you can find a great selection of amenities and things to do, from visiting the botanical garden and the vivarium that houses reptiles and amphibians to seeing the cross placed in the spot where Pope John Paul II held a mass in 1985. The park tends to be especially busy on weekends, with various art performances and families soaking up the outdoors. Entrance to the park is free, but some of its attractions require an admission fee. To visit Parque La Carolina and other attractions in Quito, use our Quito online tour itinerary planner .
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  • October 3, 2017
    It is a very lovely and safe park to walk in at all times. Sundays are busy and it can be a lot of trash around and kids peeing everywhere but that is about education. Overall very nice place to work ...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    After its refurbishment is much better and more beautiful. The Botanical Garden and the vivariun are very good quality
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  • September 26, 2017
    These botanical gardens are amazing! There are separate enclosures for plants that prefer different climates, and a whole section devoted to carnivorous plants. The orchids were particularly impressiv...  more »
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  • June 3, 2017
    It's really good right now. The streets across the park were fixed and they are so comfortable. Hiking trail is so soft, so you don't get your feet hurt while running or walking. There are a lot of natural zones where you can take really good pictures. In addition, these place is close to around 4 mall centers, so you can end your experience by going to the cinema or getting a special ice cream with different flavours, included high quality ecuadorian chocolate.
  • July 5, 2017
    I love this park and exercise here daily. My second favorite park in Quito after Itchimbia, although Carolina is much more accessible.
  • July 8, 2017
    It's a beautiful place where you can run, walk, bike and enjoy with your family. You can also eat some typical ecuadorian food in this park.
  • July 21, 2017
    Huge park where everyone comes during the weekend. So fun to just hang out.
  • June 27, 2017
    Great running path, recently remodeled soccer and tennis courts, little kid playgrounds, remodeled lake w paddle boats, and an amazing botanical garden

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