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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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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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Great Place to Relax

This is a great place to relax, especially like us who were on a walking tour and had just walked up and down the towers in the Basilica! Great place to get pictures of the old... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
SLSimerly
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Knoxville, Tennessee

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place to relax, especially like us who were on a walking tour and had just walked up and down the towers in the Basilica! Great place to get pictures of the old world architecture, hear the old men ramble about their day and watch school children play. It reminds we of any other great square in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The attractive square is surrounded by some lovely buildings and has many trees and shrubs giving it a very intimate feel

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very busy plaza with a lot of people. Just nice to sit in and people watch. From this location there are several other plazas close by as well as museums and churches to visit

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Nha Trang, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good spot to sit and take a breather whilst touring the old town. I wouldn't advise catching a taxi from here as you will be stuck in traffic. Walk a couple of blocks either way to where it is more free flowing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lot do to here including a visit to the Ecuadorian Presidency. The soldiers before entering are the best.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice location in front of Presidential palace. You can sit in the garden and enjoy the historic buildings and beautiful landscape and greenery, mountains in the background. Nice place to take few good photographs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly, safe feeling. Lots of good restaurants and small places to eat and get ice cream around the plaza. Lots of good walking nearby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Adjacent are the Presidential Palace, which you can visit inside and on Monday morning you can watch the Changing of the Guard (Cambio de Guardia). Nearby is considered by many the most stunning Catholic Church in all of Latin America, La Campania. There are indigenous people selling clothes for cheap prices in the Plaza, and a lot of restaurants. Seemed... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in the centre of Quito and surrounded by historical buildings including the President's home, Plaza Grande is a great place to sit, have a coffee, watch some street performers and watch the world go by.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As it is an interesting place for locals and foreigners to meet, great location to have a coffee or sandwich or simply stroll around and admire colonial architecture. Free entry.

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