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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

Gabriel Garcia Moreno, Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #12 of 103 attractions in Quito
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The square is full of people of all kinds, so a nice place for people watching. The changing of the guards of the palacio gobierno is a nice spectacle with the leader of the country present (the day we were there the vice president was there with other ministers). We came 11:05 and it was already well underway, so be... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We went to see the changing of the guard. Get there early for a good seat. Very interesting and longer than necessary, but glad we went.

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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.

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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

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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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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