miércoles, 7 de febrero de 2018

9 alternatives activities to do during the carnaval 2018 in Quito.

This weekend celebrates the end of winter all over the world. Ecuador is not to be outdone with its famous carnival which will take place from 10 to 14 February. The Ecuadorian carnival is very cultural and is celebrated with water, carnival foam, talcum powder, eggs and flour to paint your face or any kind of vegetable paint. There are differents activities involving children, youth and adults, have made this festival become a tourist and cultural event of great importance in the city. Artistic shows, parades with allegorical cars, among many other activities, have made the image of the carnival with water games, ink, flour and oil, fade away, to turn it into an event colorful and full of tradition, which for 4 days floods the streets of the city with a lot of rhythm and fun.

We prefer calm and tranquility during this period. It is why we are going to purpose you 9 alternatives activities that you can perform with your family and your friends during this weekend.

Outdoor activities:
Parque Arqueológico y Ecológico Rumipamba: This park is an outdoor museum site in the ancient human settlement on the slopes of the Pichincha.
Rumipamba means Valley of Stone. The Archaeological and Ecological Park Rumipamba shows us a small fraction of what was the occupation of Quito before the arrival of the Incas. The park is open from 09h00 to 16h00, Wednesday to Sunday. The park is free for everyone and it is a good place to relax in nature.
If you are interested this is the exact address of the park: Av. Mariana de Jesús y Av. Mariscal Sucre. (Av. Occidental).

Discover one of Ecuador's most beautiful places, the Quilotoa volcano.
You have the possibility to pass by a travel agency to organize your day. Usually, the tour includes bus, lunch, dinner and guided tour.
It is highly recommended to wear warm clothes, walking shoes, sun cream and water.
This tour is amazing and takes you out of the capital for a little amount of time.

Visita Teatralizada
Have you heard the stories told inside the recollect church of San Diego, one of the best magical places of the city? Time seems to have forgotten to pass through there... Walk alongside with characters to discover this treasure of Quito on a special night.
It is a guided tour with professional disguised like in ancient era. You are going to visit San Diego in some another way.
Date: Saturday 10 February 2018
Departures: 19h00 and 20h00
General value: $10.00 - Differential: $8.00
Meeting point: Handicrafts Shop El Quinde (Mirror and Venezuela, corner)

Un mirador hacia las estrellas
Quito Astronomical Observatory was founded in 1873, this Ecuadorian scientific and cultural institution is located in Quito's La Alameda Park. This Observatory is in charge of three different activities sectors, Astronomy, education and training with the aim of investigating the peculiar and little studied equatorial skies.

Quito's Astronomical Observatory is one of the oldest in South America and the only observatory in Ecuador. The National Polytechnic School manages the Quito Astronomical Observatory.
In addition, the Observatory has relied almost from its beginnings on a meteorological station, the same one that studies and reports the different climatic variations of the city.
There is also a Museum that you can get, to know in a personal and vivid way the history of the instruments used by the first astronomers and scientists of the country.

It is an activity very rewarding if you like local history and space. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday (10:00 to 17:00). 


If you like theater you are welcome to assist to one of those plays.

LA MUJER, EL MUERTO Y SU AMANTE is a musical comedy about the sweet taste of revenge written by Mario Bert. The story tell the life of a woman who wakes up in what appears to be her home's kitchen as she prepares the most important dinner of her life. In the process the woman takes us through a journey full of laughter, spite, love and sensuality. But something's wrong with this kitchen. Things disappear and the wife keeps remembering her late husband and lover, her mother and a rabbit her best friend.
For more information we encourage you to go to this website: http://www.quitocultura.info/event/la-mujer-el-muerto-y-su-amante/

NO QUIERO MORIR VIRGEN is a musical Comic Poetic Evening with Juana Guarderas. The play "No quiero morir virgen" is a comic monologue by Juana Guarderas with an interactive proposal that raises different games with the public from various gags and comic numbers that arise from the occurrences of this funny "damsel morlaca". During all the stage you are going to interact with Mr Guarderas and it is very funny. For more information about time schedules and prices please go to that link: http://www.quitocultura.info/event/no-quiero-morir-virgen-6/.

Carnaval de la Interculturalidad
The Eugenio Espejo Zonal Administration will hold the "District Carnival of Interculturality" at the United Nations Boulevard, on Saturday 10 February from 10h00 to 13h00.
This event will feature a cultural carnival with ten characters, icons of the festival, which will be led by the manager Lorena Nieto. There will be six dance groups, two musical groups and the participation of a village band.

Around 200 local managers representing the interculturality and diversity of carnival in the country will be present.

Festival de Carnaval Ciudad Mitad del Mundo 2018
In Ciudad Mitad del Mundo there is a special carnival with a lot of differents artists. This Carnaval lasts 4 days and entry costs are the same as usual ($5 for a normal ticket and $2.50 for a differentiated ticket). Great artists and surprises for everyone. There is a list with all artists for 4 days: Paulina Tamayo, Bathaola Orchestra, Jaime Enrique Aymara, Sweet Poison, Skala Group, The Rodriguezes, Los Garles Trio, Trio Valentino, Dance Group Revelations of my Land, Dance Group Ñucanchi Allpa, Pumallacta Dance Group.

If your thing is to dress up, but you don't like the carnival atmosphere, you still have the option of going to Inayusha Bloody Fest 2018. The Greatest Comic, Anime, Cosplay, Dubbing and Video Games Convention is back!

Anime Bloody Valentine fest (Inuyasha) Anime Convention is from the Friday 9th Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February at the Quito Chamber of Commerce) with great national and international guests!
If you are interested you can find more information about guests and activities there: http://www.quitocultura.info/event/inuyasha-bloody-fest-2018/

Finally we would like to recommend you to enjoy your festive weekend either at the carnival or in the activities that we have proposed to you.

Buen fin de semana a todos.

jueves, 13 de abril de 2017

Holy Week

In Ecuador the celebration of the holy week has some particular characteristics. The Processions around the city and the preparation of “Fanesca” a Typical ecuadorian dish are the main activities that people use to do a long of this this week.

We celebrate de holy week in Viva Verde Spanish School preparing “Fanesca”. It´s important to say that each region of Ecuador have a different way to prepare though is essential the use of the grains.

In the following link you could find the full recipe we use to prepare “Fanesca”


by: Joselito 

martes, 7 de marzo de 2017

Ecuadorian Culture

Lear about the culture of Ecuador

The culture in Ecuador have the influence of indigenous and the Spanish people from colonial`s time, so that why we can find a mixture in their buildings, crafts, food and music.

In Vida Verde Spanish School, we usually have break where students learn about our culture. They enjoy these activities because is something different for them and also they feel curious about the musical, about the food, is common seeing our students fascinated about the fruits and ingredients that we show in the classes lesson we bring every week.

 Cultural resources make different this country. 

You could also be part of this amazing family “Vida Verde Spanish School”
Check out our website 

martes, 14 de febrero de 2017

Get to know our Spanish School in Ecuador

In keeping with our name, we strive to keep our Spanish school green. Rosa, Vida Verde's founder and director, loves to grow plants indoor and outdoor around the school. :)
Behind the school there is a large patio where teachers and students have coffee and lunch breaks and can enjoy Quito's marvellous sunny days. Many of our school activities also take place there. In the kitchen, coffee and tea is available all day. Wifi is available for all students. The classrooms are private and cozy with plenty of daylight.


Our Spanish school is located in a very pleasant neighborhood close to the tourist district, in the heart of modern Quito. The historic colonial center ("Old Town"), local markets, several parks and many other attractions worth a visit are close by. At our office you can pick up a handy street map of Quito on which we have marked our Spanish school, several parks, neighborhoods and other points of interest.

Vida Verde means Green Life!

Not only do we adorn our school with plants and flowers, but Vida Verde is a part of the growing green movement in Ecuador. We have built partnerships with selected environmental and conservation-based projects. Furthermore we support the Rio Muchacho Organic Farm with 10% of the school's profits.
Vida Verde offers a number of exciting options for students to both study Spanish and participate in responsible ecotourism at the same time. Through our Study in the Jungle and Study on the Coast programs, teachers accompany students and give classes "on location" as part of an integrated study/tourism adventure. We can also assist you in organizing internships within our green partnerships.

viernes, 18 de diciembre de 2015



In ecuador, christmas has a very familiar atmosphere. Traditionally, the whole family reunites to a big dinner early at night. In order to give "Papá Noel", Santa Claus, the chance to bring the presents at midnight, everybody goes to bed early. Then, at 4am in the morning, the family gets up again to open the presents that have been placed beneath the christmas tree.

Other than in the US or in many parts of europe, most of the christmas trees in ecuador are actually fake trees, as it is forbidden to sell of by pine trees because of their rarity in south america.
But one tradition that is similar to the US is the food: Turkey is the typical dish, but as the bird is very expensive, many families compromise by serving chicken.
A definetly typical food from ecuador are the "Pristiños", a sweet dessert made out of fried dough with honey.





viernes, 4 de diciembre de 2015

Fiestas de Quito!


Every year in the week leading up to the 6th of december, the whole city goes crazy!
On the 6th, the foundation of Quito is celebrated. THerefore, in the end of november, a "Queen of Quito" is elected to organise tons of cultural and fun activities such as theather, concerts and "Chivas", open busses with mini-discos on them! 


¡Felices fiestas de Quito!

jueves, 26 de noviembre de 2015

¡¡¡¡Christmas Discount!!!!

 We are getting closer and closer to the end of the year and all the festivities!
At Vida Verde, we are already feeling the cristmas spirit and would like to let you feel a part of it, too!
If you take spanish lessons in Quito until the end of 2015, we will offer you



For more information, just contact us through info@vidaverde.com and we will be happy to help you!