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Palacio del Gobierno - Historical Building Quito - Ecuador

The building on the northwestern side of the plaza above the row of arched, hole-in-the-wall shops, is the Palacio del Gobierno (Presidential Palace), also called Carondelet. The palace is open to the public. The half-hour to 40 minutes tours take visitors into several lavishly decorated salons. The mural by one of Ecuador's most famous artists, Guayasamin, in the stairwell illustrates Francisco de Orellana’s celebrated descent of the Amazon. A placard on the García Moreno side marks the spot where President García Moreno was assassinated. It is also possible to see presents received by current President Rafael Correa, received in several cities and ocations.


On the corner of Espejo and García Moreno, Plaza de Independencia (Plaza Grande)

Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

Historical Building Types:
Colonial architecture, Site of historic significance

Travel Tips:

Tours are given every 15 minutes. Queue up on Calle Espejo, across from the Centro Cultural Metropolitano.

Price Description:


Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:Tuesday-Fridays and Sundays 4 p.m. / Saturday until 10 p.m.

Days Closed:Weekends

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

To take the free tour, you must present your passport or other photo ID.

Contact Information:

Here are other activities in and around Centro Histórico that may be of interest: El Palacio Arzobispal (The Archbishop's Palace), Iglesia de Santa Bárbara , La Basílica del Voto Nacional, Iglesia San Diego, Hotel Plaza Grande (formerly Majestic Hotel), Monasterio de San Francisco, La Compañía, Iglesia San Roque, San Agustín - Museum and Monastery and Iglesia de la Catedral (The Cathedral).

22 Jan 2013

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