This stone archway – originally the gate of Circasiana Palace – is the entrance to Parque El Ejido. This large greenspace is tree-lined, accented with over a 1,000 native plants and very popular among the residents of Quito. Children enjoy the playground. The physically fit appreciate the space to exercise. Couples like the tranquil setting. Elderly neighbors catch up on gossip while sitting on benches. Visiting El Ejido Park is a great way to experience the social and cultural life of the city away from the major tourist sites.