What to do in Cumbayá, Quito Ecuador
Certainly! Cumbayá is a beautiful area located near Quito, Ecuador, known for its picturesque landscapes, vibrant atmosphere, and various entertainment options.
Cumbayá is a rural parish or suburban town, just twenty minutes from the Metropolitan District of Quito, located in the Pichincha Province in Ecuador.
This warm valley has shopping malls, designer stores, decoration and jewelry shops, cinemas, bars, cafes, and restaurants near the central park and the church. It is nowadays a vibrant area of Quito.
Here are some fun activities, shopping areas, and restaurants you might enjoy in Cumbayá and its surroundings:
- Parque Cumbayá: This park offers a relaxing environment for walking, picnicking, and enjoying the outdoors. It’s a great place for families and friends to spend quality time together.
- Indoor Entertainment: You can visit local cafes, art galleries, or even escape rooms in Cumbayá for indoor entertainment options.
- Scala Shopping: This modern shopping mall offers a variety of shops, boutiques, and restaurants, making it a great place for shopping and dining.
- Paseo San Francisco: Another popular shopping center with a mix of stores, cafes, and entertainment options.
The weather in Cumbaya
The weather in this town is semi-tropical year-round with a short rainy season. This is why so many people love to come here for the weekend. Cristina lived in Cumbayá until she left for Norway and loved the beautiful weather she enjoyed there all year long.
You can also enjoy plenty of activities outdoors, getting in contact with nature.
Some of them include a railway track called El Chaquiñan used both for cyclist enthusiasts and walkers.
This road is an ecological path where you can encounter some sparrows, blackbirds, and hummingbirds along the way, and enjoy the peace and quiet of this valley.
It is safe to walk during the day and afternoon along this path, which attracts visitors and locals alike.
In addition to the ecological path, you can also do some hiking and mountain biking, so if you have a bike this is a great place to visit on a sunny day in Quito.
How to get there?
if you are driving your own car it will take just 20 minutes to get to Cumbayá. You have to take the Av. Granados towards the roundabout circle of ciclista and go straight, Continue through this road until you get to the second bridge, and then turn right, and follow the signs to Cumbayá.
If you are planning to go by public transportation from Quito, you have to take the bus system integrated called Ecovía in the North of Quito, the bus station is called Rio Coca. You leave the station and walk a few steps to find the buses that go to Cumbayá.
The festivities of Cumbaya
If you want to partake in the town festivities, July 1st is the Fiesta de Cumbaya. The town festivities take place along the main streets of the town.
This warm valley attracts visitors who want to enjoy nature, go swimming, play sports in country clubs, and to do some exercise along the walking path El Chaquinan, which allows visitors to connect with the environment and have a relaxing time outdoors.
Remember that the availability of activities, shops, and restaurants may change over time, so it’s always a good idea to check for the latest information before planning your visit. Enjoy your time in Cumbayá and the surrounding areas!
What to eat
Check our gastronomy option on the menu, to discover many of the traditional dishes, street food, and fruit available in Ecuador, to delight your palate with the flavors of the country.
Where to stay
We often have friends, family, and work-related visitors coming to Quito; together with my family, we have our top recommendations here:
Hacienda Jimenita is the place to escape to nature, relax, and connect with history near Quito Airport. We tell you all about our visit to this enchanting hacienda and book your stay.
Hotel Finlandia has a great location in the modern part of Quito, near the main shopping centers and Parque La Carolina. It offers good food, fair prices, free Wi-Fi, and comfortable rooms and the staff is helpful and friendly.
Hotel Vieja Cuba This is a cozy small hotel with comfortable rooms and friendly and helpful staff. The hotel offers a freshly made breakfast consisting of eggs, granola, toast, ham, cheese, yogurt, and tea or coffee. The location is also great, not far from Plaza Foch, within walking distance, you have one of the nicest areas for locals and tourists alike. Minutes away from shops, restaurants, pubs, bars, and more.
and if you want to go camping but without abandoning some comfort, you can go Glamping at Urkuwayku Organic Farm in Ilalo, it connects you with Nature and is located near Quito.
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