On first glance, any traveller might think "why would I go to a park?" But in Quito, El Ejido Park seems to be at the centre of it all. Besides being a major transport hub, the park seems to be at the confluence of any number of human rivers. The park swells on the weekends with families, lovers and general merry-makers making it one of the best people watching places in the city. Beyond that, some 1,400 local plant species are labelled to make it a sort of impromptu botanical garden. But the real jewel in the crown, and the big draw for visitor, is the weekend market that circumnavigates the park. Some surprisingly good deals can be had. Then, once you've 'shopped-till-you-dropped", chilling out with an ice-cream, watching the world go by is an excellent way to recharge.