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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

Gabriel Garcia Moreno, Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #11 of 102 attractions in Quito
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.
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Boston, MA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This area is really pretty. I spent some time just hanging out on the grass. On the weekends, there are a ton of people in this area. There's a really pretty government building situated at the front of this plaza and there's a nice statue in the center of it. I especially like that there's a lot of green area... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
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129 reviews 129 reviews
47 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

One of many beautiful Plazas in Quito,another must see,as with all in Ecuador the children are all laughing and happy and mean maybe 99%! So many fun vendors roaming and the staues are each very special. Grounds exceptionally well maintained.

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Brooklyn, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This plaza really gives a feel for the city. It's where the presidential palace and change of the guard happens. It's where demonstrations and political rallies occur. Truly feels like the heart of the city and as a bonus, it has wifi! Some great little cafe's located along the edge of the plaza.

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Morgantown, West Virginia
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Plaza Grande was very historical, nice people, and lots of good shopping and eating with cafes everywhere. Policia everywhere makes things very safe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This plaza is set off with a huge statue, lots of seating and a great place to people watch. From here you catch catch a cab back to your hotel for as little as $3.00. We were so dogged tired that the thought of walking back to our hotel didn't interest us!

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Regenstauf, Germany
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

If you have only time for 1 thing to do when in Quito choose to visit Plaza Grande. There are shops, sights and everything you want to see and expect from a South American city. Be sure to wander around a little bit to see El Angel (statue on a mountain). Tip: Let your shoes be done by a shoeshine... More

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Kansas City, Kansas
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

To be honest my time in Quito was bittersweet. I did not enjoy the pollution, the busyness (I've learned I much prefer towns), nor the cost of taxis in and around Quito. I did however enjoy my time in and around Plaza Grande. It was here, at the Basilica, and Teleferico that I started to understand and appreciate the charm... More

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Houston, Texas
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This bustling square alive with music and people on the move was one of the highlights of our Quito visit. We visited three times. The first when we toured the President's Palace and two more times to enjoy lunch at one of the tiny cafes along the edge. There was a high degree of police presence which was unsettling but... More

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Stokes Bay, Canada
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Be careful when you are in this square. We got sprayed with 'caca' and under the ruse of trying to help us clean up a couple tried to take our stuff (camera). We held on to it and they took off. We researched this scam and found a few similar stories. Too bad this happens in such a great city... More

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Puerto Cayo, Ecuador
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

A great place to relax and soak up some of the old town. On various sides, you can feast your eyes on the Cathedral, the Government Palace (Palacio del Gobierno) where the President lives and works and the Archbishops Palace (Palacio Arzobispal) which is now an assortment of shops and cafes below the colonial colonnade. After a rest in the... More

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