We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

Gabriel Garcia Moreno, Quito, Ecuador
Improve this listing
Ranked #12 of 103 attractions in Quito
Book a Tour

Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: Located in the heart of the Old City, this busy plaza honors those heroes who started the movement toward independence from Spain.
Write a Review

350 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    173
    153
    22
    1
    1
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Colorado Springs
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Lots of local activity. On one visit there was an eco demonstration going on. Very peaceful. But always a large security presence, including one group of 25 police dogs and their 25 individual handlers.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Southwold, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
262 reviews 262 reviews
77 attraction reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Spent an enjoyable few hours here in the sun. lots of people busy doing very little but watching the world go by. while we were here, the soldiers came out to bands playing, los of political dignitaries on the balcony, including el presidente, national anthem playing, flag hoisting. Loved it

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cazu247@Hotmail.com
Top Contributor
323 reviews 323 reviews
139 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This plaza has a good police presence since the government business is done there. There is a statue in the middle of the plaza and it is near the catherdal.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Yellowknife, Canada
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
41 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Lots of people doing lots of stuff. Rallies decrying the deforestation of the amazon, politicians pontificating, young couples sitting on benches beside old men. Kids running every direction... a very fun little plaza. Avoid the restaurants / ice cream for sale along the plaza - very expensive for what you get and the quality isn't great. Lots of people selling... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Orange, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This plaza has lots to see and do--the Presidential palace, a great old cathedral, a fine place to people watch, good place to get a meal, generally a great place to start a tour of Quito. I particularly liked the various demonstrators--shows Ecuador really is a democracy. On Mondays at 11:30 am the President comes out and gives a speech... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A sizeable and clean square. If anything , almost too many tourist police. but abuzz with people walking around; buildings to visit on all sides. Good views. And other squares and buildings in all directions. An overwhelming choice of where to go.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Becker, Minnesota
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This plaza was always full of people. The street vendors, Quiteños, children, etc. we're varied and fun to watch. The President's Palace offers a free tour and is worth the hour. Go on a weekend to see the real city life. We happened across a wedding. Explore all the side streets, too. And make the trek uphill to the Basilica... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Shingle Springs, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Take a tour guide or speak fluent Spanish. The signs are not in English. The police are very present. Very popular place to be.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Zhanjiang, China
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
75 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Plaza Grande has been the highlight of our stay in Quito. There are so many places to sit and rest and just watch the world go by. If you want to watch the local Ecuadorians enjoying their life, then this is the place to be. There is something happening here all the time, from brass bands, to fitness classes, local... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Cuenca, Ecuador
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Plus restaurants, shopping, and events in the area. Our first trip to Quito we saw a very colorful procession which originated at the church entrance on Wednesday evening.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande) also viewed

 

Been to Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing