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Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)

Address: Plaza de Independencia, Quito, Ecuador
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Half Day Quito City Tour
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Ranked #29 of 99 Attractions in Quito
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Landmarks
Owner description: This magnificent government building, located on scenic Plaza de...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Landmarks
Owner description: This magnificent government building, located on scenic Plaza de Independencia, is guarded by two officers in traditional 19th-century costume.
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I have been here several times the pageantry is breath taking on Monday never ceases to amaze me, way more entertaining than England's Changing of the gard

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London, England, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
40 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

We went to the small ticket booth at the side of the palace at 2:15pm on a Tuesday and were told we could go in the palace at 3pm. You need a photocopy of your passport or the original to go in. Inside the palace you can see the meeting rooms, dining room and yellow room with presidential portraits. The... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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124 reviews 124 reviews
98 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We were on the "Free Walking Tour" (which you must do--see reviews on Trip Advisor) and were allowed to go right up the steps to where the palace guards were standing. They stand at attention and don't move (as the English guards do) but they allow you to stand right next to them for a photo (unlike the guards in... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We did not plan this visit and found the line and get permission. You need passport or its copy to get approved. The tour is very nice, the overview of The Plaza of Grand from balcony is great. The tour guide is nice and friendly. He speak Spanish first and English next just for us. The president seams well respected.... More 

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Herndon, VA
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165 reviews 165 reviews
65 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I happened upon the Changing of the Guard ceremony, held in front of the Palace, at just the right moment - 11AM on a Monday. The guards were dressed in colorful outfits and they featured a marching band, soldiers on horseback, and soldiers carrying flags. The President came outside with a whole retinue of officials, and the entire thing was... More 

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Totally free, just need to show ID and pass through a metal detector. Not the most thrilling of tours, but it's sure a lot easier to get into than a lot of seats of government. Guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. In fact, listening to the locals' questions and seeing their excitement was probably the best part... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I've enjoyed the presidential palace tour and to make it even better its totally free, just bring your passport. At the end of the tour you might receive a photo gift from the president of Ecuador, which I did.

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Melbourne, Australia
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1,521 reviews 1,521 reviews
1,333 attraction reviews
742 helpful votes 742 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It is free to enter the Presidential Palace which dominates one side of Independence Square. You need to bring some ID though, such as your passport or you wont be let though security. You also have to join a guided tour which takes 45 minutes. The palace closes at 4pm. If you are just walking by, check out the grenadier... More 

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Not very interesting at all.. Wow where they have meeting and dinner and some presents.. It's free so that an up side but besides that kinda boring..

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It was cool to check it out! You check where the president lives and what each building has! :) its pretty amazing

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