Despite the absence of golden cathedrals and fancy art museums, La Mariscal remains the place to be. The area's nickname, Gringolandia, easily expresses its popularity among backpackers, though youâ€™re likely to find twice as many locals roaming between the boundaries of Avenidas 6 de Diciembre and Amazonas, Parque el Ejido and Avenida ColĂłn. La Mariscal is home to an overwhelming amount of restaurants and Internet cafĂ©s, pirated DVD shops and nightlife venues. Most travelers stay at hotels or hostels in the area, so itâ€™s good to get to know where the coffee shops are and how long places stay open. You will most likely use this area as your hub for your stay in Quito, but plan to spend a day to explore this neighborhood's colorful buildings and more modern infrastructure as well.