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Presidential Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)

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Address: Plaza de Independencia, Quito, Ecuador
Description: This magnificent government building, located on scenic Plaza de...
This magnificent government building, located on scenic Plaza de Independencia, is guarded by two officers in traditional 19th-century costume.
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Beautiful exterior

The exterior of this palace is beautiful. There are two guards out front who allow pictures to be taken with them. We were allowed through the front door but no farther... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2015
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The Villages, Florida
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The Villages, Florida
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363 reviews 363 reviews
195 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The exterior of this palace is beautiful. There are two guards out front who allow pictures to be taken with them. We were allowed through the front door but no farther - peaking inside through the iron fence. Overlooks the beautiful Independence Plaza.

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Annapolis
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71 reviews 71 reviews
52 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

In the Central Plaza you must visit the Presidential Palace which is open to all and it is free! You must get your tickets in a side booth and wait your tour call. Note--you must surrender your passport during your visit , but it will be returned at the end. The tour is free and it is nicely done. Our... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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103 reviews 103 reviews
41 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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128 reviews 128 reviews
101 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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186 reviews 186 reviews
75 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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
53 reviews 53 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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