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Tiesto’s Café

Tiesto’s Café (Juan Jaramillo 4-89 y Mariano Cueva, Cuenca) – this is another highly-recommended destination, for those visiting Cuenca. Local and international dishes are served here – in a cozy old world atmosphere (attracting a regular stream of international visitors). Specialties here range from sopa de camaromes (shrimp soup) to pollo al curry con macadamia […]

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Theatrum Restaurant & Wine Bar

Theatrum Restaurant & Wine Bar (Calle Manabi e/Guayaquil y Flores, Quito) – this restaurant, which serves mainly Mediterranean dishes (along with seafood) is popular for its location: the second floor of the Teatro Nacional Sucre. Diners are advised to check if any shows are being held before making reservations, since it will likely be booked-up […]

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Resaca

Resaca (Malecón 2000 e/Junin, Guayaquil) – located at the popular Malecón 2000 strip, this restaurant is ideal for seafood dishes (including crabs). Resaca’s seaside location is a natural draw for international visitors wishing to take in the view of this area.

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Lo Nuestro

Lo Nuestro (Victor Emilio Estrada 903 e/Higueras Urdesa, Guayaquil) – this fine restaurant (whose interior brings old world elegance back to life) specialty is Ceviche. A variety of local and international dishes is also served, such as Las Peñas Chicken (chicken with clams, olives, Spanish saugage, and white rice with saffron). Live music is also […]

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Parque Calderón

Parque Calderón (Calle Luis Cordero e/Simón Bolívar, Cuenca) – this park is located in the center of Cuenca, and has some charming squares and churches – even street markets. It is named after Abdon Calderón (a hero who Fought for Ecuador’s independence). Even though it doesn’t feel too busy, Parque Calderón is actually surrounded by […]

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La Locanda

La Locanda (Av. 12 de Octube 1820 y Luis Cordero, Quito) – this upscale restaurant, located within Swissotel, offers Mediterranean cuisine with a strong Peruvian influence. There’s also a fine selection of wines. This restaurant also gets points for its stylist interior. Peruvian plates such as “lomo salteado,” are found alongside some of their more […]

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Fried Bananas Café

Fried Bananas Café (Foch E4-150 y Av. Amazonas, Quito) – located near the trendy Plaza Foch, this restaurant offers both local and Italian pasta dishes (the most recommended one being the pasta con crema de azafran y camarones). Shrimps with mushrooms in fried banana style is another recommended specialty.

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El Grill

El Grill (Hostería Rincón de Puembo) (Manuel Burbano #6-66 e/Francisco Ruiz, Quito) – located in the Eastern outskirts of Quito, this restaurant offers a variety of grilled dishes as well as local specialties. Diners enjoy coming here for the relaxed atmosphere away from the city, as well as poolside dining.

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El Cráter

El Cráter (Hotel El Cráter, Mirador del Pululahua) – located an hour north of Quito (near the Pululahua volcano), visitors are attracted to the mountainside dining that this restaurant offers. This restaurant, which serves both local and international dishes, has been visited by a number of prominent guests, from singer Gloria Estefan to Chilean President […]

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CAR RENTALS

CAR RENTALS – the following car rental agencies operate in Quito: Avis Rent a Car +593 2 2440 270 Budget Rent a Car: +593 2 3300 979 Hertz: +593 2 2254 257 Thrifty Car Rental: +593 2 222 8688