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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.
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Gabriel Garcia Moreno | Entre Chile y Espejo, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited Colombia and Ecuador in Jan.2018. Loved the experience going through the rain forests and visit to Quito. I went to see the parade at the square, it was very busy and a team of thieves stole my wallet with all my money, credit...More

Thank ubkeen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tidied. Green. Seating available. Cafés around for light food or lunches etc. Heard that it is lit up at night, but I was there during the day.

Thank Ulrike C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The buildings in that are illuminated to accentuate the architecture. Walk to Calle Ronda to enjoy Dinner

Thank Veronica660
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Plaza Grande is the centre of old Quito and the start of any good tour. It includes the main cathedral and Presidential palace and is usually packed with locals and tourists alike. If you can make it on a Monday at about 11am you’ll see...More

Thank AlButler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely plaza! It is large, has flowers and benches, and beautiful trees in full pink bloom. Begun back in 1612 as a packed dirt area, its long history is interesting involving water source, private residences, earthquake of 1627, and its evolution to what...More

Thank lobstaluva
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Central Square with a fountain in the middle of the old city. Has a good tourist information store nearby to book Hop-on-hop-off bus tours and get maps etc. Just watch your bags in the square as it is a bit crowded but overall a nice...More

Thank Dwewwy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We learned about the history of the country’s independence and were able to view the presidential palace. We also heard the story about the rooster on top of the church...be sure to ask someone to tell it to you!

Thank Gregg R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place to visit and see the equatorian people! In the historical center you will see the real way of life from them! A lot of people walking and selling things! Nice and safe! The square is wonderful!

Thank adibfarid
Reviewed August 15, 2018

Small little plaza. A tidal wave of people in and around the area. Was hard to navigate with the crowds, and there was no event scheduled for the day. Huge trees are in the park which is nice, but it does obstruct the views to...More

Thank Curtez151
Reviewed August 10, 2018

If you like to sit and people watch then this is the place to come. There's cafes to sit it in and while away the time. Lots of locals just sitting and chatting or going about their business. Whilst we visited there was always a...More

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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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