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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

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 who started the movement toward independence from Spain.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good41%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“city hall” (11 reviews)
“old town” (83 reviews)
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"shoe shine"
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"independence square"
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"street vendors"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place to start a tour of the old town; lots of beautiful old colonial churches, cobblestone streets

Thank duskyman
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Plaza has beautiful architecture and places to visit nearby (churches, museums). The place also has a lot of activity. It's a great place to start or the end of the day visiting old town

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous lively place and must go during the day. Once the sun starts setting most everyone disappears. Ate dinner at a restaurant right off the plaza and felt a little uncomfortable as solo female getting a cab near the square later evening.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Plaza Grande several times during our Quito stay. It is always an interesting place for people watching, surrounded by great, historical architecture. Try to visit on Monday morning and watch the changing of the ceremonial guard. It is an elaborate display with...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I walked through this Plaza countless times today, but what I really enjoyed was sitting there, on a park bench, at 8am, when it was really just locals. The sun was out, and the square was calmer.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One woman in our group had a two-kid team try to rob her, she caught one with his hand in her bag -- the nearby police did nothing! It's a nice thing to see, 7 churches are nearby, plenty of shops to check out.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The plaza is always full of locals just sitting, staring or eating. Around the sides are shoe shine men, others peddling underwear, wipes, food or anything else you wnat. There’s a neta wee plaza off one side with some nice souvenirs and restaurants

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So much history within this square. The four major churches only blocks away so take your time. (Tourist information on south side of the square)

Thank Bob G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a quaint and charming plaza to visit while in Old Town. There’s some beautiful architecture to see surrounding the square. It appears many locals gather here.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After two visits to Quito four years apart, I am "hooked." The Independence Plaza is one of the places one must visit among several other obvious choices (consult any tour book or ask your guide).

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In order to make you and your family safe, as in other Latin American countries make sure you take a hotel taxi or one that is called by your hotel. After you arrive in the old town, don't bring all your fancy jewelry, put... More
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