Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, Quito

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Discover the ancient customs of Ecuador at Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila, an interactive institution offering a range of demonstrations and performances. Learn how Incas used jade in healing rituals, see traditional dances, and listen to the atmospheric chants of the museum's performers. Wrap up your visit by watching an artist create an original piece of finger painting, drawing on ancient customs and using traditional materials and techniques. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Quito trip simple and quick.
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  • We entered this reconstructed temple to the sun and learned Inca history while walking around a shaft of sunlight. Ortega's paintings, carvings and jewellery were exhibited on the second and third...  more »
  • From a distance, it looked like an old castle; however, it was built by a local, rich painter who makes additional money because of your curiosity.  more »
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  • Totally worth the visit, I recommend this place. The meditation chamber is an awesome treat. They sell really affordable bracelet's, charms and souvenir's. The tea offered is an energizing potion. I really enjoyed my time there. This is a great opportunity, place for taking pictures. The art work is incredibly breathtaking. Stop by and get a feel of an ancient time in a modern world.
  • Interesting glimpse of the indigenous culture of Ecuador. The building is set up to put you in a calm, receptive mood. The staff are extremely accommodating of English-only guests (you will get a lot more out of your visit if you speak Spanish, but you'll still get a lot in English). The artist was actually working during our visit and generously met with those interested. They do pitch products you can buy during your tour (essential oils, crystals, coca tea), but there's no pressure to buy anything. You may want more time to study the paintings and sculptures, but you can just wander back in after your tour ends and you can have all the time you need. When we arrived, a group in indigenous dress were dancing at the entrance. We watched the dance, and then we were invited to take pictures with the dancers. Once we entered, we went through a darkened passage into a round room with a wishing well in the center and Incan seats around the outside. You can see up to the higher floors and sunlight comes in through the cupula. We were supposed to wait here until a guide came, and indeed two Spanish-speaking groups started their tour in the space of a few minutes. In an anteroom signposted as the relaxation center, we found staff and requested a tour in English (some in our group didn't speak Spanish). They were happy to oblige. Part of our group got impatient and went ahead before the tour began. They were able to see everything, but they didn't get anything like the experience that the rest of us had.
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