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.