Tababela is in the Andean Highlands of Ecuador, significant to travelers for being the closest town to the newly built Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre () which serves the capital, Quito. The new airport is about an hour and a half from the center of the capital by bus (with no stops) so Tababela's proximity makes it an important layover location for travellers arriving or departing at extremely early or late times.
Tababela is not a large town but serves a growing demand for accommodations for travellers arriving and departing the new airport. Some knowledge of Spanish will help you to navigate the town during the day. Aside from some of the lodging operators, very few people speak English. The locals are friendly and eager to point you in the right direction about town.