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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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Amazing place to visit

This place is always pack with locals and visitors. There are always people selling food, beverages, or crafts. You will also find different kind of groups dancing or playing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is always pack with locals and visitors. There are always people selling food, beverages, or crafts. You will also find different kind of groups dancing or playing local music.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In a city as atmospheric and quaint as Quito, this is just another plaza that is perhaps not even in the company of this city's top plazas. Its claim to fame is its location: virtually all conventional working tours of the old town (Centro Histórico) either begin or end here, and so you won't be able to miss it for... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Monday at 11:00am is the changing of the guard, well worth seeing. The president appears on a balcony, lots of locals singing the national anthem.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very special square! It has the palace of the government, which is also a museum and the cathedral.

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Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Typical Sur American plaza. The tone of it is warm, viral. The palaza is full with local peoples. Feeling safe.

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Aurora, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good meeting place. Not a lot of seating area. Presidential palace decorated for visiting Chinese president.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful center of old town Quito. 1st world heritage site. Plan to spend several hours here so you can enjoy the park, people watch, eat at local eateries and visit the numerous church cathedrals in the area. We were there for Former Ecuadorean President Sixto Duran-Ballen's funeral procession and visit by China's president so several things were closed for security... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful plaza filled with locals, tourists and street sellers trying to sell you all sorts of things including the coca leaf. Plaza is surrounded by hotels, shops, cafes and churches and with a lot of shoe cleaning stalls. If you can make it on a Monday morning at 11:00 am they change the guard at the Presidential Palace you will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In this square you can find people who are cleaning your shoes, restaurants and coffee/chocolate houses, and a lot of people. Nearby there is also a street where you find free wifi of Quito.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful plaza lined with cafes and shops. If it's possible, go there on a Monday at 11am to catch the changing of the guard. It lasts about a half hour. You'll get to see the president, a marching band, soldiers mounted on horses, and all sorts of other pageantry.

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