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La Mariscal

The Mariscal neighborhood of Quito, or "Gringolandia" as it has come to be known, is the main tourist hub of Quito. It runs from Parque El Ejido in the south up to Avenida Orellana in the north, and is centered around the roads Juan Leon Mera and Reina Victoria. Most of Quito's budget hostels are located here, as well as every tourist service you could possibly want.

For the tech-savvy travelers, Mariscal has many Internet caf├ęs offering speedy connections and Skype. The neighborhood also offers other basic services like banks, laundromats and mini-marts. Most Quito travel agencies also have their offices in Mariscal, so it's a good place to find a tour, whether you're looking for an international or domestic flight from Quito, a Gal├ípagos cruise, an Amazon lodge stay or an Andean hiking adventure. Quality and prices vary a lot, so be sure to shop around before making any final decision.

In La Mariscal, you will also find the city's best selection of international restaurants and nightlife, all concentrated within a few blocks. It is a good place to meet up with friends and hop around from place to place. The Mariscal is also home to some of the best artisan markets in Quito: one that is near Parque El Ejido, one that is on Jorge Washington between Juan Le├│n Mera and Reina Victora, and one that takes place in Plaza Foch on Saturdays.

Other neighborhoods in Quito: Near Quito, Northern Quito, Centro Histórico, Plaza Foch, Pululahua Volcanic Crater, Valley Of Chillos, Cumbayá, Checa, Mitad del Mundo and San Marcos.

13 Mar 2013

Things to do in La Mariscal

Mercado Artesanal de La Mariscal

Mercado Artesanal is a small and bustling market full of artisan handiwork, which is located on Calle Reina Victoria (on the edge of La Mariscal) and close to Parque El Ejido. The market is home to ...
La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador

Parque El Ejido

101131On the southern edge of the Mariscal, the big, grassy Parque El Ejido is fairly empty on weekdays, but fills up at weekends with whole extended families and their lunchesÔÇöthough with the scores of ...
City Plaza
La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador

Casa De La Cultura

Other than the impressive museum it holds, the Casa de la Cultura has a cinema, various theaters, the Eugenio Espejo national library, a few auditoriums, and a grassy field that usually is a popular ...
La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador

Museo Nacional

If you only visit one museum in Ecuador, make it this one. Even if you\'re not an avid museum visitor, it\'s easy to spend an hour or two getting lost in the maze of exhibits, from ancient artifacts ...
La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador

Plaza Foch Saturday Market

Every Saturday morning you\'ll be able to find an artisan market being held at Plaza Foch. Here, a modest number of artists come and set up their tables to display their crafts and wares. This offers ...
La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador

Lift Gym Spa + Club

Open since late 2008, foreign-owned Lift Gym Spa + Club has good facilities and service, and an excellent location in the Mariscal. The main floor is crowded with free weights and machines, and ...
Other Activity
La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador


The impressive Roc├│dromo climbing complex (Complejo de Escalada Ciudad de Quito) is near the southeast edge of the Mariscal, across from Coliseo Rumi├▒ahui. The main 25-meter-high (82-ft) brown ...
La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador

Ritmo Tropical

Ritmo Tropical offers the best salsa classes in Quito. For the last 19 years, the school has offered classes in salsa, merengue and other Latin styles. The staff is highly trained and it is possible ...
La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador
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