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Address: Avenida Chile entre Venezuela y Garcia Moreno, Quito, Ecuador
Phone Number: 593-2-382-7000
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Great free tour

The free tour of the palace is great. We didn't understand all the descriptions (in Spanish) but it was amazing to see anyway.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The free tour of the palace is great. We didn't understand all the descriptions (in Spanish) but it was amazing to see anyway.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

on the first monday, the President, Vice President goes ou into the Balcony and watched teh Presidential change of guards and review. It is a ceremony that had been abandoned and the present President had reinstated. Quite a show.

Thank R_Reyes
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Palacio is the center of Government for Ecuador and is the cornerstone of the beautiful city square. The architecture is outstanding and each corner of the square represents a different century!

Thank Jim M
Lafayette, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a free tour and was really interesting. They take security very seriously, so they collect picture identification of everyone. We had copies of our passports and that worked fine. You get to walk in some of the important social and meeting rooms. Interesting tour. English tours are available.

Thank Andrea P
Peoria, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First: you must have your passport, and go through a metal detector. Plan accordingly. It's a nice tour, and free. Beautiful palace. You can't see all of it because half of the 2nd floor is the President's office, and the entire 3rd floor is the home. Nice cultural info, good view from the balcony.

Thank amhenning360
Northern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

If you visit the Palacio on a Monday, you can see the weekly changing of the guard which is colorful and interesting. We also got to see the President of Ecuador waving from the balcony.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

This place is best to go to on a Monday because the changing of the presidents guards occurs. Although I did not tour inside, I am speaking about the whole plaza that surrounds this area. At 11am on Mondays it is filled with people, music, horses, and guards for an exciting time. I definitely suggest going to the plaza that... More 

Thank Dylan S
Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Make sure you go to this place on a Monday morning, since the presidential guard is changed at that time, while they sing the national anthem and raise the flag. Lots of free tours then, so you can easily combine this visit with discovering the rest of the historic center.

Thank Kevinvdv1991
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

We did not get to tour the palace as it was pouring down rain when our reservation time came, but we had no trouble getting a reserved time at the little booth to the left of the building. We were there about 11 am and were given a 3:30 entrance time. You do need a copy of your passports. What... More 

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Roeselare, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

The Palace is located on Plaza Grande (Plaza de la Independencia) a very busy place where everyone is wandering around, I find this beautiful part of the city. This is the first building that caught me when we came to the street, I did not have the idea that is presidential home till we talk to some locals around. The... More 

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