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Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)

Plaza de Independencia, Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #37 of 103 attractions in Quito
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
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
Herndon, VA
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164 reviews 164 reviews
65 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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1,000 reviews 1,000 reviews
838 attraction reviews
320 helpful votes 320 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
6 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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Houston, Texas
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80 reviews 80 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We arrived around 9:30 AM and had about a 15 minute wait. You must surrender your passport and go through an airport like security screen. Our guide was not bilingual but with our limited Spanish and the kind help of the younger Ecuadorians we did just fine. There are bilingual guides but we chose not to wait. The palace and... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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139 reviews 139 reviews
62 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Well first off, the President of Equador no longer lives in the Palace. I had really expected to see more than what we were shown. You could see some of the gifts that have been given to various Presidents...some things were interesting. We only visited the formal dining room, the cabinet room and a room full of paintings of past... More

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Lockport, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We did not go into the Palace but we were there for the Changing of the Guard that happens every Monday. Lots of excitement, bands, beautiful horses and people all over Independence Square in front of the Palace. People dressed up in native costumes, vendors selling everything. The highlight was the appearance of the President on the balcony as the... More

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Vicksburg, Mississippi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Nice to see where the president of Ecuador actually resides. Only downside is the tour is only in Spanish........ The lines are usually long but worth the wait for a free insight in the Ecuador government. On Monday there is also a changing of the guard ceremony where the president actually come out on the balcony to greet his constituents... More

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