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“Tour of the Palace and Changing of the Guard”

Palacio de Gobierno
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Ranked #15 of 263 things to do in Quito
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

On most Sunday mornings, free tours of the Palace are available. We enjoyed ours very much. But go early -- you'll want to try to get on the 9:15 tour in order to avoid the lines. And on Monday mornings at 11 a.m., the Changing of the Guard takes place in Plaza Grande across from the Palace. That was an enjoyable spectacle and lots of locals appear to agree since they formed a big part of the spectators.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I've enjoyed the presidential palace tour and to make it even better its totally free, just bring your passport. At the end of the tour you might receive a photo gift from the president of Ecuador, which I did.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

It is free to enter the Presidential Palace which dominates one side of Independence Square. You need to bring some ID though, such as your passport or you wont be let though security. You also have to join a guided tour which takes 45 minutes. The palace closes at 4pm.
If you are just walking by, check out the grenadier guards standing out the front. Their red and blue uniforms are the same as those worn by soldiers in the War of Independence. They swap places occasionally, just make sure you get out the way of their long spears.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

The Presidential palace dominates one side of Independence Square. It is free entry but you have to bring your passport as ID, and you have to join a guided tour. It closes at 4.15pm. If you don't make it inside, you can watch the pair of grenadier guards pacing up and down infront of the palace. Their red and blue uniforms are the same as the soldiers wore in the War of Independence.

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

I really enjoyed the very informative tour given at the palace. The view was wonderful. The only downside was that our tour guide didnt speak English so I had to translate everything to a friend that was traveling with us. I dont mind doing this, however, we were all in a small group and I felt like I was whispering over the tour guide. I probably annoyed some people. But the English speakers were thankful. I dont remember if it was that the bilingual tour guide was already busy with another tour if they just didnt have one available at all.

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