Plaza San Blas

Plaza San Blas, Quito

Plaza San Blas
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The World is My Oyster
Orlando, FL19,303 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Definitely one of the cutest Plaza in Quito, with multiple level stairs, as well as a beautiful fountain in the center of it.
Written January 22, 2021
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Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,202 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Look for the Incan foundation. Yes, it’s on the periphery of the old and newer sections of Cusco, but the layout and footings age to Inca times. That’s what makes Cusco such a vibrant place, it’s urban form and many building foundations date to Inca and pre Inca eras. This holds true in Plaza San Blas.
Written January 31, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2,993 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a small square between the old and the new city. Remarkable is the Spanish colonial style 'village' church of San Blas at the upper (east) end of the square. Most traffic goes through a tunnel underneath the square. There is a QUITO 2020 for taking selfies and a fountain especially liked by children.

Everybody in Quito knows San Blas. It is a good point for orientation and asking directions when you are wandering around. Also good for a quick inexpensive meal. The central market is just a 300m away towards the southeast.
Written January 12, 2020
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heyjudithz
Knoxville, TN1,498 contributions
Mar 2019
The plaza itself would not be remarkable but for the churches and monasteries which surround it. Add to that all of the colorful people walking about and simply taking care of their day to day affairs, and it becomes a unique and interesting stop along the route through Old Town Quito. I love Ecuador, and this is a lovely way to experience it on the level of a local resident.
Written June 28, 2019
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pauladennison
Richmond, VA12 contributions
Nov 2018
San Blas gives on a view of safe Quito. Shops, buildings and people are interesting. It is safe to walk around alone during the day. The only caution is to watch out for dog droppings. Shop keepers are friendly. It is best to buy things with your guide who knows the goods and trusted shop keepers. Local dressed in colorful customs will sometime ask for money for their pictures being taken. Beware again. Your guide will help you get being taken advantage of.
Written June 12, 2019
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC5,684 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
I saw this park on my way to San Blas Church. It is along very busy main roads, so one has to be very careful reaching this park. I spent about 5 minutes here!
Written September 22, 2016
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Les L
St. Petersburg, FL16,217 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
This is a real eye catcher with the small church, terraces at a weak levels, statues and fountains. A nice place to take a break if you're walking.
Written May 21, 2016
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Tatiana R
67 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
Surprising a lot of restaurants were closed by the time my friends and unwanted to go eat dinner, but san blas was open fairly late and provided us with quick and friendly service. The food was delicious! The atmosphere is quaint and the coffee was a perfect end to a great day. Definitely make a spot in if you can !
Written June 14, 2015
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Jolyon67
Melbourne, Australia5,714 contributions
Dec 2013 • Solo
Beware this can be a dangerous area if you are on your own. Plaza San Blas is the main entry point into the World Heritage part of old town Quito. I was leaving the old town walking up Guayaquil at 5pm on a Sunday with a small backpack, probably looking like a tourist. Three people jumped on me, went through my pockets and tried to get my camera - which was luckily under lots of clothing. This happened next to Banco Central Trolley bus stop and thankfully some locals came out and chased the guys off. Twenty minutes before this happened I sensed an air of danger in some of the quieter streets of the old town. My advice stick with a group and don't carry more than you need. Get taxis as often as you can. It is not safe even in broad daylight.
Written May 26, 2014
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Andrew H
Quito, Ecuador90 contributions
Mar 2014 • Solo
The neighbourhood of San Blas is one of Quito’s oldest and at the beginning of the 20th century, the plaza of San Blas, in calle Guayaquil, marked the northern limit of the city. Incredible to think how the city has since extended so far north. The plaza has a simple, but beautiful church which was founded in the 16th century for the exclusive use of the local indigenous.

The plaza is a tranquil spot, though just off a busy and raether polluted intersection. Go feed the pigeons and watch seniors and kids relax and have fun.
Written April 2, 2014
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