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“Fun on Sunday!” 5 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.
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“Fun on Sunday!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We were on Plaza Grande on a Sunday afternoon. There was carnival atmosphere. We heard Andean music from the street performers, saw a man on stilts, and a show of the buffoons in the square. We relaxed on a bench while watching the show and hearing the music. The cars and buses were not allowed on Sunday through the Plaza.

Visited August 2013
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“Heart of the city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This has the feel of being the heart of the city, its surrounded by churches and of course the old Presidential Palace which has a free tour. A must stop for all.

Visited August 2013
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“Lovely restful place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Visited the plaza three times during our stay, all at different times of the day. In the morning it was perfect, not too busy, lots going on, watching humming birds was great as was new to us. The afternoon was busier, but just act like the locals and sit and watch the world go by, the evening was just as interesting. It is well worth a visit. Go up the different steps and see it from all angles.

Visited August 2013
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“Love Plaza Grande!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

A wonderful place to visit on Sundays, when the streets are closed for bicyclists and the plaza & surrounding area are filled with artists, musicians, dancers and food vendors.

On Monday mornings at 11am, you can watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and President Correa comes out onto the balcony of the Presidential Palace to watch, too!

Don't miss the Centro Cultural Metropolitano, a totally free & wonderful art museum on the corner of the plaza between the church and the Presidential Palace. Tours of the palace are also available.

Wonderful sandwiches & ice cream are available right under the church, and across the plaza are lots of nice mid-priced restaurants.

Visited August 2013
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“Center of Old Town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Worth a trip -- lots of people around; a group of performers there as well. We felt perfectly safe (two adults, two teens, mid-day) There were helpful maps around to guide you to the various sites nearby.

Visited July 2013
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