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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)

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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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A must-see in old Quito

Very well kept, nice day and night, we went both during the day and at night. Loved it as so many other places in the old town.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This plaza marks the center of the Old town, and it is really close to everything else you want to do in the Old Quito such as visit churches, eat locally, even shop a little.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very well kept, nice day and night, we went both during the day and at night. Loved it as so many other places in the old town.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

many small cafeterias around the Plaza. Try the pernil sandwich with coffee or ice cream with quesadillas...many local delicious treats!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a stopover in Quito after returning from the Galapagos boat tour and we wished we had more time as it is a beautiful Unesco city and this square is a treat

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every Monday at 11 am there is the changing of the guards. Very pompous and grand and a must see. It takes about an hour and if the President is in town you will be able to see him on the third floor balcony waving to the people that have gathered at Plaza Grande and the Presidential Palace.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was meaningful statue as someone explained that the animal figures were used for protection. A true hero's memorial in front of the President palace who was a Venezuelan who fought in Ecuador. Apparently there is a open coffin in Venezuela for the body to be returned of their hero. It's a beautiful well kept place in a historic setting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Magnificent plaza in Old Quito. Much more ornate than most of the others, government buildings at one end, surrounded by shops and restaurants, with the Independence Monument in the middle. You can see so much within a 15 minute walk in all directions from here.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You can make lunch here, theres a few nice places with Ecuatorian food, you can make a nice walk as well or eat an ice cream

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While you wait to visit the presidents palace enjoy the beauty of the square! There is a sandwich shop (try the traditional) or the pernil at oposite side (little shops under the church) and enjoy the culture! The plaza is known for retirees hanging there. Also the amazing monuments!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to be. There are many people, also locals. It feels like the centre of the old town where people come together. There are some little food stores.

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