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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

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Address: Gabriel Garcia Moreno | Entre Chile y Espejo, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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Located in the heart of the Old City, this busy plaza honors those heroes...

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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The place to see the Changing of the Guard

We visited on Independence Day and obviously the square was busy. Otherwise, this is a popular square with lots going on. If you go on a Monday at 11:00 am, then you can watch... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited on Independence Day and obviously the square was busy. Otherwise, this is a popular square with lots going on. If you go on a Monday at 11:00 am, then you can watch the Changing of the Palace Guard - very worth while. The tourist information office is also in this square as is the tourist police office -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not to be missed-especially if the weather is beautiful. All the citizens of Quito come here as well as tourists. The flowers and fountain are beautiful. On one side the presidential palace in on another side the archbishops palace are both worth visiting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Plaza with the intention of resting. Full of people having public debates and musicians playing and singing. Police everywhere and the plaza was buzzing. We visited the la cathedral and had a coffee in the plaza. It was a great people watching experience and the buildings are interesting. Good reference point for a walking tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So we came here as part of one of our daily tours. This area is incredibly pretty and has been restored to a new fabulous look. the new government takes the country's history seriously and makes sure everything is done well. the history and the entire area is truly beautiful. I would definitely go. I would suggest going on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful park surrounded by the buildings of Old Town Quito. It can get busy with lots of people wandering around but a great mix of locals and tourists.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister, brother-in-law and I all headed to Independence Plaza (where I had been several times before just to wander) at 10:30 AM on a Monday and waited on one of the grassy areas until 11:30 for the show to start. We were treated to schoolchildren singing the national anthem as a huge flag was being raised over the Presidential... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great plaza in the center of the city. It has the equivalent of the White House and on Mondays, there is a changing of the guard which is full of pomp and circumstance. Definitely something to see (mornings!). The pageantry and the patriotism is truly amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The plaza is a very pretty spot to rest and people watch. There are several cafes and restaurants nearby and it is directly across from the Presidential Palace.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great square with fabulous gardens all in flower trees and plants. It has lots of seating and vendors wandering round selling ice cream and eats. Great place to while away an hour.....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great atmosphere.Excellent place to sit and soak up the surrounding architecture.Much action by the locals with music ,dancing and singing .Some people just sitting, some spruking and some selling hats ,scarves,drinks etc.Great.

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