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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

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Address: Gabriel Garcia Moreno | Entre Chile y Espejo, Quito, Ecuador
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Description: Located in the heart of the Old City, this busy plaza honors those heroes...
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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Pretty Plaza great for people watching

My husband and I came here several times throughout our stay when we needed a rest. The plaza has lots of seating, some shade trees, and is surrounded by small shops and cafes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

My husband and I came here several times throughout our stay when we needed a rest. The plaza has lots of seating, some shade trees, and is surrounded by small shops and cafes (which we found were still inexpensive given their convenient location). Every time we went there seemed to be something going on to watch- a high school marching... More 

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

As a student of the Spanish language, I found the Plaza to be a great place to strike up conversations with the retired gentlemen who show up daily to watch the world go by. They are courteous, curious, and downright fascinating to talk with. And as you converse you can watch the tourists go by.

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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

A true meeting place for the locals.........an old gentleman feeding the birds, couples holding hands, people sitting on the benches reading or checking their mobile devices in the sunshine :-) I truly felt like I belong, not just a passing tourist.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

nice square to go and spend sometime walking around please mark this as helpful in the link bellow, since it is a free contribution to this website

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

A definite highlight as we happened to be in Quito on Monday. The guard changes at the palace weekly, Mondays at 11 am. Don't miss it if you're in Quito at that time of the week. We arrived early and watched the pageantry unfold. School children and other guests get special seating and attention, but we had first row seats... More 

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Enjoyed the people watching here. Lots of locals and tourists on a sunny Sunday. Plenty of benches to relax. The statue in the center is very cool.

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grayslake
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Perfect for a relaxing Sunday and people watching. The plaza is filled with locals and tourists. It's very clean, plenty of places to sit and relax. The statue in the middle that represents Quito Independence is very cool! Lot's of detail to look at.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

One of the most beautiful parks with the Presidential Palace. Loved this especially at night. It is filled with many international people and many from around the country come and pay homage to their President. I would also stay at the Plaza Grande it is a magnificent hotel on the square.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Beautiful old square with statues and period architecture all nicely preserved. Very busy with people including a huge public demonstration the day we were there that was quite rowdy. It felt a little unsafe in some parts of the square

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Within the area is the President's Palace - had a photo taken with a guard, but didn't do a tour. There are many lovely places to eat, cathedrals and many old buildings which add grandeur to this square. There is plenty of lighting and places to sit, with plenty of green space and a central grand monument, well worth spending... More 

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Address: Address: Gabriel Garcia Moreno | Entre Chile y Espejo, Quito, Ecuador
Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Pichincha Province  >  Quito

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