Twenty minutes from Quito or five minutes by bus from Sangolquí, and easily combined with a trip to the latter’s market, SAN RAFAEL has little of inherent interest, except for the excellent Museo de la Casa de Kingman (t02/2861065, wwww.fundacionkingman.com), a block from the park at Portoviejo and Dávila. Occupying a peaceful spot high on the banks of the Río San Pedro, this was the house of Eduardo Kingman, one of Ecuador’s greatest twentieth-century artists. Kingman is best known for depicting the privation of Ecuador’s indigenous peoples, often capturing their plight in the expressiveness of their hands – a technique he later taught Oswaldo Guayasamín. There are some wonderful pieces exhibited here that support Kingman’s considerable reputation, as well as some colonial and republican art.

Buses to Sangolquí pass right by San Rafael’s park, from where the museum is just a short walk away. A taxi from Quito costs around $10.

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