El Ejido Park in Quito
The El Ejido Park is located between the Avenues Patria, 6 de Diciembre, Tarqui and the street Guayaquil. El Ejido sets the division between the old and modern Quito. The former president of Ecuador Eloy Alfaro was incinerated the 28 th of January of 1912 in this park. To commemorate this event it was built a monument in his memory called "la llama eterna" (eternal flame).
In the El Ejido Park we can find 1470 species of plants and trees, such as cholan, aliso, chamburo, palm tree and guabos. During weekends it is possible to buy artworks, jewels, ponchos, sweaters, handicrafts and more.
Every weekend people gather in the park and organize interesting volleyball games that catch the attention of people around. Also you can enjoy watching traditional and popular Ecuadorian games as the "cocos", a very traditional game that consist to take out metal marbles out of a circle drawn over the ground, and you eliminate your rivals with a "pepo" (stroke) to your opponents marble.
La Alameda Park
The Alameda Park is located near the historic center of Quito, between the Gran Colombia Avenue and the streets Sodiro and Guayaquil. It is the oldest park of Quito, known before by the Indians as "chuquihuada" (in Quichua means arrow head). The Alameda Park has an area of 6 hectares.
The Alameda Park has some significant history, where it existed and still exist some places, like the Quito School of Arts and the Astronomic Observatory, built in 1864 during the presidency of Gabriel Garcia Moreno. During the time it was built it was the best equipped observatory in South America, today it still work with the instruments of those days.
In the park we can find trees of important sizes and very old. Botanical scientists have discovered important native species of plants and trees as the acacia, palm tree, cedar, ash-tree, pumamaqui, yaloman, myrtle, eucalyptus and magnolia.
Today visitors come to the park to relax and to spend some time in the small lagoon, navigating a small boat that you can rent. In the park we can also find some photographers that use old cameras to take pictures.
In the south entrance of the park there is the monument of the Liberator of America, Simon Bolivar. It was inaugurated the 24 th of July of 1935.
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