Dom’s Guide to Quito

Where to stay in Quito?

Hostal Veintimilla: Amazonas y Av. Veintimilla. This hotel is my pick for budget travelers, right where you want to be within walking distance of the Mariscal and a short taxi ride to most of the points in the city like Carolina Park and the Old Town. Clean, safe, simple rooms with TV, cable, WIFI and hot water await you starting around $12 per person.  The only negative are the hookers that hang out on the street nearby.

Centro del Mundo Hostel: Is my pick for budget travelers who want to stay right where all the nightlife is, in the Mariscal district.  This was the first place I stayed in Quito.  Rooms start around $6 for a dormitory bed and $10 per person for a private room.

Where to eat in Quito?

In Quito, Id go to my favorite retaurant in all of Ecuador… Crepes and Waffles. And after having a bunch of delectable waffles, the talk that followed was all about waffles.  They have what their name suggests and a lot more.  There are ones in Quicentro Mall, El Jardin Mall and across the street form the Marriot.


What to do in Quito?

-Party with the hip locals at one of the many discos around the Plaza FOch in the Mariscal.

-Go up the Teleferico and check out the amazing views but dont stop there, continue on the hike along the ridge.

-Rent a bike in the Ejido Park on a Sunday and enjoy the Ciclovia, where the city closes off a main street only to bicycles every Sunday.

-Visit the Old Town around Plaza San Francisco, it is one of THE most picturesque old towns in all of South America and is a World Heritage Site.

– Shop in Quicentro Mall and El Jardin Mall, at least just to get a feel for what up-scale Ecuadorian life is like and people watch.

el panecillo Quito
El Panecillo in the old town of Quito.


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Plaza Foch in Quito in the daytime, at night this place is rocking!




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The streets of the Old Town in Quito.



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