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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.
Gabriel Garcia Moreno | Entre Chile y Espejo, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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Reviewed 2 days ago

active square with interesting buildings on three sides and independence statue in the centre. Definitely at least worth passing through.

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s good to watch and feel the plaza energy. Totally safe and surrounding areas too. Have a seat, a coffee and take some photos before you explore this historical area. Locals and tourists. Shops, churches and museums. I was lucky to also watch and experience...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Summerasalifestyle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful plaza. Around it you will find the presidential palaca (Carandolet), a beautiful colonial church, the municipality of Quito and some official and religious buildings. In the center a beautiful statue attracts tourists. The plaza is always crowded and lively. Enter all the passages that...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank h0tel_buster
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We sat in a cafe and had a coffee and watched life and people go by. Lots of restaurant around the square which we avoided except for coffee stops as we always think they are too touristy. One day we just sat on a bench...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NaturesMoments
Reviewed December 8, 2018

Beautiful plaza in the centre of Old Quito. You can find governal headquarters here. It seems like this is meeting point for different congregations. At the moment we were visiting it a protest was taking place.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank barbara_uNovaGorica
Reviewed November 30, 2018

There is a lot of activity in this plaza, where people congrate and meet. One side the plaza is the government headquarters, another is the Catholic Church's Archbishop quarters and across the plaza is the Cathedral of Quito. Again....a must visit or perhaps more than...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Frank A
Reviewed November 14, 2018

Many things happened in this square, for example it´s where President Garcia Moreno fell murdered in the middle of 1800´s. Best light in the morning to take Picture of monuments but in the night there are good lights to take long shot exposures.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ricardo R
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

It’s a bit different to the other plazas de las armas in cities like Lima etc. It’s a really nice plaza and starting point for free walking tours, like strawberry, one I did and really liked! From this square you can visit a lot of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank PmvD1
Reviewed October 13, 2018

On Mondays they have the "Change of Guard" which is very interesting with the "Granaderos" in their traditional attire.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Resort498873
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I went to the plaza everyday of my trip. It's very interesting. There's lots to do, buy, eat, watch etc.

Date of experience: August 2018
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May 6, 2015|
Response from Deods |
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