Mingle with the crowds and get a sense of colonial Quito at Independence Square. Ever since the early 17th century, the square has functioned as one of the city's main public spaces. What was then just a cleared patch of earth is now a picturesque square surrounded by historical buildings, including a cathedral, the presidential palace, and a luxurious hotel. The square's monument to independence symbolizes the struggle for South American freedom from Spanish rule. Stake out a spot at one of the numerous cafes and restaurants to relax and people-watch. To visit Independence Square on your trip to Quito, use our Quito journey planning tool.
Tours to Independence Square
$15 BOOK WITH VIATOR The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley with Hotel Pick-up - "Small Group"
Duration: 5 hours
$118 BOOK WITH VIATOR Full Day Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo
Duration: 9 hours
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Duration: 4 hours
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Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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Duration: 2 to 180 days
$40 BOOK WITH VIATOR Historic City of Quito and The Middle of the World - "Small Group"
Duration: 9 hours
Independence Square reviews
Nice plaza to hang out and grab coffee or a bite to eat. There are a few restaurants and tiendas around the plaza that are catered towards tourists, so they are a little overpriced, but nice to look..... more »
The Plaza is an historic center surrounded by many important buildings. Locals were gathered for socializing and to shop the vendors in the side streets. more »
Quito is another one of these South American cities, threat has countless of Plazas to go around. That being said, this was by far our favorite, as the buildings surrounding it were beautifully... more »
Beautiful Quito Historical Center... Safe to walk, a lot of security guards all around
Really nice place to take a walk on Quito's downtown (historical center)
A beautiful place. I was there 10 ago but now it looks much better. Everything is newer and fresher. Colonial building facades seem to be freshly painted. Automobiles access seems to be restricted. Good job Quito!
Very interesting area. We did not have sufficient time to get a good look around and will be back for sure. Most shops were open but fewer people than expected due to Carnivale. We met some very interesting people and had a great lunch at a restaurant in the plaza.
I went exploring Centro Historico (Old Town Quito) & fascinated with these beautiful old buildings with such details. All of the famous places are nearby: Plaza Independence, Plaza San Fransisco, the famous churches. Just walk around & you will be amazed to find new spots in the corner. Be careful with your belongings, dont wear too much. Also, wear comfortable shoes & warm jacket because weather in Ecuador is very unpredictable. It might be sunny in the morning but cold & windy in the afternoon. Instagram & Youtube: Merrie Elizabeth
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