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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 you’re likely to find twice as many locals roaming between the boundaries of Avenidas 6 de Diciembre and Amazonas, Parque el Ejido and Avenida Colón. La Mariscal is home to an overwhelming amount of restaurants and Internet cafés, pirated DVD shops and nightlife venues. Most travelers stay at hotels or hostels in the area, so it’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.

By Margaret Rode
A self-professed city girl, sassy staff writer Margaret Rode hails from Chicago where she received Bachelor degrees in English Literature and Spanish...
21 Jan 2013

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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)...

La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador
Parque El Ejido

Parque El Ejido

On 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...

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...

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...

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...

La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador


The impressive RocĂłdromo climbing complex (Complejo de Escalada Ciudad de Quito) is near the southeast edge of the Mariscal, across from Coliseo...

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...

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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...

La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador
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