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“Great spot for pics” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)
Gabriel Garcia Moreno, Quito, Ecuador
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Half Day Quito City Tour
Ranked #16 of 99 Attractions in Quito
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Owner description: Located in the heart of the Old City, this busy plaza honors those heroes who started the movement toward independence from Spain.
Norwalk, Connecticut
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“Great spot for pics”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Nice large area to view some classic architecture. Nice spot for a walk, just be normally cautious when it is crowded.

Visited April 2013
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“Super relaxing and beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

This was the nicest area in Old Town to seat and spend some time watching the locals, have an ice cream or just chat with friends. Many locals hang out here. It is surrounded by many nice buildings such as The Cathedral, President's Palace, Bishop's Palace, City Hall and the official Tourist Office. The Plaza has many historical statues, fountains as well as pretty landscaping. You can even watch the "Cambio de Guardia de Palacio" from here every Monday from 11:00AM-12:00PM. It is one of the greatest moments I've experienced in my life.

Visited April 2013
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“Plaza Grande”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This was probably the nicest area in Old Town. Many locals hang out here (as well as tourists). It is surrounded by many nice buildings such as The Cathedral, Presidents Palace, Bishops Palace, and official Tourist Office The Plaza has many historical figures (statues) as well as pretty landscaping. A good place to people watch, eat some ice cream or biuy something in the local shops.

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful Place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

It was my first visit to Quito and I am really impressed with it. The historic District is very well preserved, clean, impecable, safe and worth the visit both at night and during the day. I just really loved it.
The view at night is just awesome and since the plaza is empty you are able to appreciate every building, walk around, take pictures feeling completely safe. When we got to the plaza that night, I just got off the car with my camera without realizing that the window was left open with my purse inside. What a surprise when my friends realized that even though the window was open, my purse was still there.
Next day we came back in the morning and visited the Presidential Carondelet Palace, it is a beautiful old palace. We got the picture taken and they gave it to us as a gift at the end of the visit.
It is the best place to start your tour around Old Quito.p

Visited April 2013
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“One of my faves in Quito”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Make sure to visit on monday for the changing of the guard ceremonies....I've been lucky enough to see the President on his balcony a couple of times during this ceremony. take a tour of the presidential palace and also check out the shops on the street level of the palace facing the park. If you speak spanish, some of the shopkeepers will have some great stories for you. I spoke to one shopkeeper who has had her shop in the palace for more than 20 years...she said Rafael Corea - the current president - is the only one who has ever visited any of the shops.

Visited May 2012
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