THE TOURNAMENT: ATP 250 Ecuador Open
From 02/06 to 02/12
Money Prize: $ 540,310
Surface: Clay Outdoor
Location: Club Jacarandá – Av. de las Acacias s/n. Urb. Jacarandá, Quito 170157 Ecuador
How to Get: Tennis courts are not far from Quito famous old town: about 8,6 km and 20 minutes driving. Instead Mariscal Sucre International Airport is far less than 39 km, and from it you could get to Club Jacarandá in about 30 minutes by taxi.
Recent past winners: 2016-2015 Victor Estrella Burgos
Top seeded players: Ivo Karlovic (Cro) – Albert Ramos Vinolas (Esp) – Pablo Carreno Busta (Esp) – Paolo Lorenzi (Ita) – Joao Sousa (Por) – Thomaz Bellucci (Bra) – Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukr) – Gerald Melzer (Aut) – Horacio Zeballos (Arg) – Guido Pella (Arg)
THE TOWN: Quito is the capital city of Ecuador, and at an elevation of 2,800 meters above sea level, it is the highest official capital city in the world. With a population of 2,671,191 Quito is the second most populous city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil. The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas, and is undoubtedly one of the cities main tourist attractions. Quito, along with Kraków, were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO in 1978. Lonely Planet writes about this town:“A capital city high in the Andes, Quito is dramatically situated, hemmed in by mountain peaks whose greenery is concealed by gray afternoon mist. Modern apartment buildings and modest concrete homes creep partway up their slopes and busy commercial thoroughfares lined with shops and choked with traffic turn into subdued neighborhoods on Sundays. Warm and relaxed, traditional Ecuadorian Sierra culture – overflowing market stands, shamanistic healers, fourth-generation hatmakers – mix with a vibrant and sophisticated culinary and nightlife scene. The city’s crown jewel is its ‘Old Town,’ a Unesco World Heritage Site packed with colonial monuments and architectural treasures. No sterile museum mile, everyday life pulses along its handsomely restored blocks with 17th-century facades, picturesque plazas and magnificent art-filled churches. Travelers, and many locals too, head to the ‘gringolandia’ of the Mariscal, a compact area of guesthouses, travel agencies, ethnic eateries and teeming bars.”
TOP 3 PLACES TO VISIT:
- Old Town
- Templo del Sol Pintor
- Basilica Quito
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel Portal de Cantuña. Boutique *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking with a superb location in fantastic Old Town. A double room with faboulous american breakfast included costs only 58,5 $ per night. Wifi is free.
- Boutique Hotel Mansion del Angel. Wonderful **** hotel located ten minutes walking from Old Town, it rises in a stunning XVIII century building . Rated 9.2 on Booking, it offers luxury accomodations of 26 mq2 at just 105$ per night or 123$ with breakfast included. Wifi is free, airport shuttle availabile for a surcharge.
- Casa Gantogena. Exceptional ***** colonial style hotel situated in Quito’s San Francisco square and at 8 minutes walking from Basilica. It offers free wifi and parking for customers. Onsite restaurant offers international and regional cuisine. Price for a deluxe 35 mq2 double room one decorated in classic style is 337,50 $ with excellent breakfast included. Rated 9.5 on Booking and nr.2 accomodation on TripAdvisor.
Enjoy this Unesco TennisTrip!