Plaza de Toros
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- Plaza de TorosMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 11, 2013
I went to the Plaza during the fiestas de quito when there are multiple fights every day. It was my first bullfight and I sort of lost it when the bull got so tired it started panting, but if you are able to distance yourself from your emotions, it can be a really neat experience. You can tell the fights are a point of pride for a lot of Quitenos and it's fun to watch the spectators wave their flags, shout ole and participate in the show. The matador and the bull dancing around the ring is just such an iconic image and the show I saw at the plaza de toros, despite the animal cruelty thing, was pretty spectacular. Would I go again? Probably not, but I'm a softie.Recommended for:Local Culture
- Plaza de TorosMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1First to ReviewJul 04, 2012
It's only open a few times a year, and perhaps that's what makes it so special, but this is a place not to miss when it's open for games. Yes, bullfights are bloody, horrible and cruel spectacles, but they are also brimming with tradition, elegance and, in the rare instance, compassion. The main bullfights in Quito happen in late November/early December during the Fiestas de Quito. The normally conservative Serranos pull out their best outfits, dressing to the nines and head off in spectacular fashion. And the hats! Oh, the hats! Everyone has to have a race hat! Classy, bold and outrageously silly, it's almost worth coming to the show just to check out the head wear. Most of all, this is Quito's big party. Everyone is in a light mood, fun is in the air, wine and rum pour freely, and you'll wish you could remember what you tried to forget!