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“shoe shine please”

Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)
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Quito City Sightseeing Tour Including Teleférico Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike
Ranked #12 of 203 things to do in Quito
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Owner description: Located in the heart of the Old City, this busy plaza honors those heroes who started the movement toward independence from Spain.
California, USA
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“shoe shine please”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

As part of your walk get your leather shoes shined. Great starting place. People watching and shopping. Recommended MeuterMedia

Visited April 2014
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“Great plaza at the center of Old Town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

This is a square plaza celebrating Ecuadorian Independence, with a center statue and water fountains. It is a good place for a break or to people watch, and is located adjacent to the Presidential Palace and the Cathedral. The palm trees are spectacular. Also, adjacent is the former Archdiocese building, and it the court yards are interesting shops and restaurants....a good place to explore. I was a little anxious with the crowds but had no negative experiences during both times I as there.

Visited April 2014
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Boston, MA
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“Nice Place to Eat or People Watch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014

This area is really pretty. I spent some time just hanging out on the grass. On the weekends, there are a ton of people in this area. There's a really pretty government building situated at the front of this plaza and there's a nice statue in the center of it. I especially like that there's a lot of green area and palm trees here.

Visited April 2014
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Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

One of many beautiful Plazas in Quito,another must see,as with all in Ecuador the children are all laughing and happy and mean maybe 99%!
So many fun vendors roaming and the staues are each very special. Grounds exceptionally well maintained.

Visited February 2014
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Plaza in the heart of it all”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

This plaza really gives a feel for the city. It's where the presidential palace and change of the guard happens. It's where demonstrations and political rallies occur. Truly feels like the heart of the city and as a bonus, it has wifi!

Some great little cafe's located along the edge of the plaza.

Visited March 2014
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