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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