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Address: Avenida Chile entre Venezuela y Garcia Moreno, Quito, Ecuador
Phone Number: 593-2-382-7000
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Visit the palace of the president

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Dick K

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we visited it was part of a tour and we were able to just step inside the doors- we did not tour the whole building. From what I could see the art and gardens were amazing. A huge mosaic at the top of the steps really gave you a feeling of the local artisans.

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Santa Ana, El Salvador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best time to visit this landmark is during national or city holidays. Go there in november and you'll find lots of little flags, people in the streets and squares and it's a must visit in the city.

Thank RolandoPeralta
Vancouver, BC, CANADA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Worth waiting in line to get an inside view and commentary on this center of the Ecuadorian Government, usually the residence of the President.

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Kolkata, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Situated on the road by the side of Plaza de la Independencia, this huge palace is a must see. Buy a ticket and you have access to the innumerable chambers and offices, the seating place for the Government officials to carry on with the regular job of maintaining the country

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

After 11 am, you can go to a little white booth on the left side of the palace and get a time for a free tour, in your language. The tour lasts about 1 hour. They take your picture and give you a copy (probably for security, now they have a pictorial record plus a copy of your passport) but... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

We felt honoured with good fortune as the entrance balcony provided us with a ring side view of a rare parade of Ecuadorian traditional dancers passing by. Had our pictures taken with the Palce guards as you do 😂

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We were lucky in the fact that our hotel told us about the changing of the guard at 11:00 am on Mondays. There is much pomp and circumstance with men wearing beautiful uniforms mounted on horses, bands in beautiful uniform. We actually saw the President of Ecuador wave from the balcony and the Ecuadorian flag being raise to signify that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Tour was forty five minutes in English and Spanish with interesting displays and internal design. Fresh flowers (roses) enhanced the spectacle.

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