Hugely important for understanding the country's past and its deepest cultural roots.

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Museo Mindalae

Another authentic cultural must

This museum isn't often listed among the most popular in Quito, but it is certainly one of the best for exploring the roots of the country and its capital city. It covers an impressive array of the indigenous cultures in Ecuador before the country became known as it is today. In its six thematic rooms, you'll find diverse aspects of these cultures ranging from Shamanism to the clothing and handmade artefacts of pre-Colombian and Andean tribes, forging a unique world view with nature as the central element. The best part is definitely the chapter that isn't always told in the history books; the large part of Ecuadorian tradition that emerged from the people brought across from Africa and their influence on the development of the creole population. Don't miss the famous 'ojo del sol'. You'll love it!

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