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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 square- great for relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere

Whilst Quito may not offer the most exciting historical centre in Latin America, it is certainly enjoyable and packed with enough historical buildings and amazing churches to fill... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Whilst Quito may not offer the most exciting historical centre in Latin America, it is certainly enjoyable and packed with enough historical buildings and amazing churches to fill a morning or afternoon's sightseeing. Independence square is at the centre and a great place to relax on a bench, overlooking the fountain and people watch. We were there just before May... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A great place to people watch and take in some of the local color. I was amazed at the number of people that gathered in this plaza at the end of a day.

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Quito, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

BY ECUADORLIVING.NET – While sojourning through the streets of the “Centro Histórico de Quito,” (Old Town), we decided to take a break, relax and enjoy a bit of “people watching,” while snacking on sandwiches and coffee at Quito’s Independence Square – which was inaugurated back in 1627. Ecuadorian retirees (mostly men) are the first ones to arrive, take over the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Don't miss the changing of the Guard. A lot of pageantry and colourful costumes, Great for pictures. The President or the Vice-President or both are usually there. Great location for people watching.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Don't miss the changing of guard on Mondays at 11 am. The President or Vice-P usually there. Good show.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Around this plaza you will find all main goverment instances. This square is usually packed with people abd traders,surrounded by beautifull buildings. Come here to enjoy cup of coffee and people watching.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

A great place to just take a break, people watch or just admire the beauty of the Presidential Palace and other buildings surrounding the square.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Seek out the "founders of Quito" plaques. Stroll the presidential palace. Listen to the square discussions. Relaxing evening.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A very pretty square with lots of people and greenery. Almost right in the middle of Centro Historico (Old Town). Surrounded by interesting colonial buildings such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop's Cathedral, as well as a number of shops, restaurants, and hotels. Centered by the Independence monument. Lots of activity here; we even saw a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We were repeatedly drawn to the stunning plaza in the centre of Quito's historic district--the gardens there are exceptional and it is bordered by beautiful buildings including the Cathedral of Quito and the Presidential Palace. The locals love it too and come here to relax and watch the goings on. By far my favourite plaza in Quito.

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