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Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande)
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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.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Plaza Grande is the busiest square in Quito. It is blocked in on all sides by huge buildings. The Presidential Palace on one side, Cathedral on the other. In the South east corner you will find the main tourist office of Quito. You can get handy maps and books with walking tour suggestions. On the cathedral steps there are a host of street performers. If you want to go in the Presidential Palace you will need to bring your passport, there are guided tours and it closes at 4pm. Out the front are two colourful guards with expressionless faces, they occasionally switch positions. In the middle of the square is the independence monument, with its carved lions and condors.

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Reviewed 22 May 2014

What a great place to sit and appreciate the people of Old Town Quito. We enjoyed taking in the statues and the sites of the plaza, but even more so, we loved sitting on a bench and watching the people of Quito. We learned our most important lesson in this plaza - when Quitoans run for cover at the slightest drop of rain, you should, too! One drop one second literally turned to giant hail (the size of US nickels and quarters!) the next second. Ouch!

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

This Plaza had numerous Street Performances from Ballroom Dancers, to Maypole type Dances by Local Students.
The atmosphere was lively and colorful. It is located near the tourist information center and the Presidential Palace.
It is truly the center of Old Quito

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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Landed here on Easter Sunday and the plaza was full of music and dance performers all in colorful traditional dress. It was swarming with locals as well as a few gringos. Beautiful welcome to Quito.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

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

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