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Plaza de la Independencia - City Plaza Quito - Ecuador

As you wonder around the Centro Histórico, you’ll probably find yourself walking into the majestic Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), at some point, even if you haven't been looking for it. The plaza is as much a local hangout as a tourist hot spot, and is always buzzing with life, regardless of the time or the weather. You could comfortably spend half a day here, exploring the attractions around the edges of the plaza. Take your time; there's a lot to see.

Among the plaza's attractions is the 19th century Iglesia de la Cathedral on the southwestern side; opposite the cathedral is the Palacio Arzobispal (Archbishop’s Palace). The building on the northwestern side of the plaza, above the row of arched, hole-in-the-wall shops, is the Palacio de Gobierno (Presidential Palace). On the corner between the presidential palace and the cathedral is the Centro Cultural Metropolitano, and inside the cultural center is the Museo Alberto Meno Caamaño.

The changing of the guard happens twice daily at the palace: If you are in town on a Monday make sure to get to the plaza at 11 a.m. to see the impressive weekly military ceremony


On García Moreno, between Ca. Chile and Espejo.

Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

City Plaza Types:
Parque central

Relative price: Free

Here are other activities in and around Centro Histórico that may be of interest: Plaza Santo Domingo, Mirador El Panecillo, Parque Alameda, Plaza del Teatro Sucre and Plaza San Francisco.

05 Jun 2013

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