Am looking for some advice on neighborhoods in Quito. I currently live in Panama City, Panama working for an international NGO and am considering relocating to Quito in January/February to be closer to my finace.
I am looking at neighborhoods and trying to narrow down some options. If I relocate, I would be home-based professionally...so that makes the neighborhood/apartment selection all the more crucial. I have visited Quito several times, but never through the lens of thinking neighborhoods to live in. So I turn to you.
Preferences: expat friendly, but diverse and eclectic so that I feel like i am in Ecuador; good internet connectivity and reliable services such as electricity etc; walkable to stores, cafes, restaurants, bars, movies, yoga, gyms, parks etc; but that accessibility balanced with quiet in the evenings in terms of street noise and not living in a converted frat neighborhood; dog friendly; easy commute to current/new airport and relative ease to get a taxi to/from that neighborhood; nice views of the mountains/valleys; old/new building balance so there is some personality.
Also interested in your thoughts of Quito versus Cumbaya/Tumbaco.