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“Great stop”

Palacio de Gobierno
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Camarillo, California
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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“Great stop”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Tours are free and you get a glimpse at the president's palace. Tour includes banquet room, chapel and cabinet meeting room. You also get to visit the balcony where the president addresses the public each week. Go early to get a ticket at the booth to the left of the palace. You need an ID or a copy of your passport.

Visited February 2014
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Herndon, VA
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405 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Changing of the Guard”
Reviewed 13 June 2014

I happened upon the Changing of the Guard ceremony, held in front of the Palace, at just the right moment - 11AM on a Monday. The guards were dressed in colorful outfits and they featured a marching band, soldiers on horseback, and soldiers carrying flags. The President came outside with a whole retinue of officials, and the entire thing was guarded by cops, sharp shooters and black outfitted security personnel. It was quite a performance, and one of the highlights of my time in Quito. (BTW, I didn't go inside the Palace, so I can't comment on the building itself.)

Visited June 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
365 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Interesting for a short visit”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

This place has lots of sculptures and government type artifacts. There was a political reception happening when we were there so we were not able to see the whole thing. The guards wore ornate costumes like the ones I've seen in pictures of England, however, these guards had no problem visiting with tourists if someone started a conversation.

Visited March 2014
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Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Easy way to kill an hour”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Totally free, just need to show ID and pass through a metal detector. Not the most thrilling of tours, but it's sure a lot easier to get into than a lot of seats of government. Guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. In fact, listening to the locals' questions and seeing their excitement was probably the best part of the tour. Also enjoyed some of the artwork hanging in the corridors, which wasn't even part of the tour.

Visited June 2014
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New York
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Tour of the Palace and Changing of the Guard”
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.

Visited May 2014
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