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Teatro Bolívar

Teatro Bolívar (Calle Espejo, e/Guayaquil y Flores Quito) – built in 1933, this theater has held a number of concerts, recitals, operas, ballets, and plays. The theater fell victim to a fire during the late 1990s (with renovations conducted in stages). Guided tours of the theater and its history are offered ($1 per person) weekdays […]

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Parque La Carolina

Parque La Carolina (Av. Amazonas, Av. De los Shyris, Av. Naciones Unidas, Av. Eloy Alfaro, Quito) – located towards the northern end of Quito, this is the most popular park in the city for practicing sports (soccer, athletics, basketball, tennis, and the popular ecuavolley, a local version of volleyball) and for trotting in the mornings […]

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Malecón 2000

Malecón 2000 (Guayaquil) – located in the coastal city of Guayaquil, this 2.5 km. long tourist-friendly seaside promenade overlooks the Guayas River, and offers the finest art, museums, food and atmosphere in the country. This part of Guayaquil also acts as the modern face of Ecuador, offering visitors a wide range of activities (varying from […]

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Centro Comercial Iñaquito

Centro Comercial Iñaquito (Av. Amazonas #36-152 y Naciones Unidas, Quito) – located within a financial district in the northern part of Quito, this shopping center has over 150 retailers (both regional and international brands – from Bulova to Fossil), along with a multiplex movie theater, and restaurants & fast food eateries (ranging from Tony Roma’s […]

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Centro Comercial el Bosque

Centro Comercial el Bosque (Av. Del Parque y Alonso de Torres, Quito) – located toward the westernmost part of Quito, this mall (opened in 1982) has over 400 retailers (mostly regional). El Bosque mall is known for holding various promotional events (especially during the holidays), in order to maintain its competitiveness against other Quito-area shopping […]

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Centro Comercial el Condado

Centro Comercial el Condado (Av. Mariscal Sucre, Av. John F. Kennedy, Quito) – located in the northernmost part of Quito, this shopping mall was opened in 2007 and now has some 180 retailers (mainly local & regional brands – along with some international ones, like Adidas, Casio, Converse, Lee, and Puma). There’s also an “iStore” […]

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Tierra Mia

Tierra Mia (Av. Rodrigo de Chavez OE4 -18 y Av. Mariscal Sucre, Quito) – located in the south Quito district of La Mascota, this nightspot often books live Latin music acts (from Salsa to folkloric artists), and caters to a more mature crowd (30 and over).

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Siete

Siete (República 476 y Pradera, Av. de la República Quito) – originally known as “Blues”, this venue plays electronic dance and House music (which tend to appeal to Ecuador’s upper & middle class college student types). Crowds come here as late as 3:00 am (making this one of the few “after hours” nightspots in Quito).

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Cali Salsoteca

Cali Salsoteca (Panama 418 e/Tomás Martínez y Imbabura, Guayaquil) – located in the heart of Guayaquil’s Zona Rosa (and a block away from Malecon 2000), this is a major Salsa nightspot. For non-Hispanic visitors, a visit here will expose them to contemporary Latin music (which is prevalent in various Latin countries, as well as Puerto […]

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Coffee Tree

Coffee Tree (Reina Victoria y Foch, Quito) – for those hanging out in the Plaza Foch area, this is a good place to sit back, have a drink and do some people watching. On occasion, those recovering from a night of partying may come here for a freshly-roasted cup of coffee.