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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

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Address: Gabriel Garcia Moreno | Entre Chile y Espejo, Quito, 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 surrounding buildings are well lit and dramatic as darkness falls on the plaza. A quaint, Colonial Spanish look to the entire area and a great statue in the center of the... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The surrounding buildings are well lit and dramatic as darkness falls on the plaza. A quaint, Colonial Spanish look to the entire area and a great statue in the center of the plaza dedicated to a brave battle against the Spanish in 1809.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An interesting plaza full of shops and restaurants, as well as churches and museums. This is a great day 1 spot to wander and get a feel for Quito.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Always full of people. Nicely illuminated at night.with the cathedral of Quito built in middle 1500.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a spectacular bustling square. The presidential palace is imposing, and when I was there, they were changing the guard - a large impressive ceremony. This is a square to admire and relax within. Beware of pickpockets.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Plaza de la Independencia is a good spot to rest after a walk up Quito's hills. People watching is excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place for pics in front of the Carondelet Palace (the President's house) you can walk and buy artisan ice cream

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you want to see the very local daily life... Go to Plaza Grande! There you can find all kinds of people taking a rest, hanging out, children playing around, others playing some music and dancing. It's like the heart of Quito, it is very worth to see!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This plaza is incredible. An old town square. Gorgeous. The local restaurants look great but the ones for tourists are over priced and not great. There is a restoration happening right now that dampens the photogenic qualities but when that is done it will be amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plaza de Independencia is awesome because it is so well laid out. I really felt I was in Ecuador when we went there. It was so classy, yet simple.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Go on a Monday at about a quarter to 11 am to see the changing of the guard in the plaza in front of the presidential palace. It takes place from 11-11:30. The crowd is diverse but not overly large. Wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, light covering. This is good for kids. The guards march to patriotic music including on horseback... More 

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