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Address: Avenida Chile entre Venezuela y Garcia Moreno, Quito, Ecuador
Phone Number: 593-2-382-7000
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Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour
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Imposing building facing plaza grande worth a visit

This is a large building which occupies a major part of the plaza. It houses the president office and has several major rooms for meeting of ministers and cabinet. In the past it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
marcopolo111
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Cleveland, Oh

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a large building which occupies a major part of the plaza. It houses the president office and has several major rooms for meeting of ministers and cabinet. In the past it was also the residence of the president but the current president lives on the north of town. To gain access you need to register at a kiosk... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went at night with the lights and the nice weather it was beautiful! Word of caution be careful at night, it's not a safe area . But use good judgment you don't have to be afraid but be observant!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

It was an honor being allowed to come in and see this grand building, and the guide was outstanding and friendly. However, most of the tour was devoted to those boring presents world leaders present to each other, each item which was described in too much detail. Nice to get a free photograph posing on the front stairs in front... More 

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Brackley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

We visited the old town and we're delighted to witness this event completely by coincidence! Drums, bugles, horses, soldiers in brightly coloured uniforms and the national anthem and raising of the Ecuadorian flag - all in full view. Great photos!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This building is full of history. Until recently every Ecuadorian President has lived here and addressed the nation from the front railing. Also of interest in the gate just inside the front entrance. Legend says the gate once was located in the Bastille. Not sure if this is true, but it is a good story.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Definitely a worthwhile attempt to open the doors of government. Good free tour, see all the tchotchkes countries give each other on display, some pretty impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

There's always a crowd inside and outside of this building. It's a handsome structure to admire from the outside and the inside doesn't disappoint. Worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

My spouse and I, along with other members of a Gate 1 tour of Ecuador, visited this area of Quito on a rainy Saturday morning. What bad luck for us! The palace was locked, and we could not visit. Standing behind the iron gates, all we could see was a beautiful central courtyard that featured plants and fountain. In the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

While we were staying in Quito we visited the Old Town. Here the Palacio the Gobierno is situated. It is special for different reasons. It is the only palace of a president (as far as I know) with shops in the basement. It is also nice that ou can enter the visit to see the interior of the Palace.From the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

An excellent cultural experience. Very nice tour by kind, articulate staff. You will learn a lot in a short amount of time and the tour is FREE!

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