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Address: Avenida Chile entre Venezuela y Garcia Moreno, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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The tour of the Presidential Palace is free. All you need is your passport. Get your tickets at the small booth on the southwest corner of the plaza (it isn't well marked). You... read more

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The tour of the Presidential Palace is free. All you need is your passport. Get your tickets at the small booth on the southwest corner of the plaza (it isn't well marked). You will be given a tour time. We had to wait about an hour and just used that time to wander around the area. When we arrived at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was walking back to my hostel and saw a line at the Palace. Was just in time to catch the last tour and it was worth it. After a security screen, we were led around the building to see the formal dining/reception areas and could stand on the balcony overlooking the square. Also saw many cases of medals and... More 

Thank trvlgrrl_9
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We approached the guards standing watch over the palace and they let us enter in. It's crazy that the President of Ecuador is responsible for providing his own security.

Thank Devin C
Elgin, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great FREE venue to visit in a historic part of Quito. A beautiful, well maintained colonial building containing a myriad of fascinating exhibits regarding the milestones in Quito/Ecuadorian history. As well as a priceless collection of gifts that have been presented to past governing entites. It is free, but you must make a reservation at the ticket vendor's booth,... More 

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Midland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

What a nice thing to have public guided tours of their "White House" so easy and accessible! But the best thing is if you can be there on Monday morning at 11:00am and witness the Changing of the Guard. Great ceremony and you get to stand on the lawn right next to the guards. It's a 30 minute ceremony with... More 

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Northville, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

We had a very limited tour of the Palacio but enough to see that it was very nice inside. However, the access to walk through was very limited, and other than getting pictures taken with the ceremonial and stone-faced guards, there is not much to see or do here.

Thank BHartMich
New Delhi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017

I could never imagine that entering a President Palace of a country could be this easy. We were shown around the palace and even pose with the guards. Interesting trip

Thank Satyabrata
Sao Paulo, SP
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2017

I visited the Palacio de Gobierno (Palacio de Carondolet) on a rainy Monday, at 7 pm. I was surprised that they were carrying guided visits this time. The tour, which is free (you just need to show a document, e.g., passport, and go through airport-like security screening), consists of visiting some of the Palace rooms: meeting room, banquet hall, salon... More 

Thank Victor A
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2017

You have to reserve your spot in advance and be there on time. We waited about 2 hours between the moment we got our tickets and we were able to enter the building. IT was interesting to see the building and its main rooms but the tour ends up being too long. We had to watch a video that it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017

We enjoyed a visit to the Presidential Palace as part of a city tour of Quito. It was fun to have our picture taken with the guards. It was strange to me that they allowed vendors right under the palace, but several of the shops had great shops.

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