Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), Quito

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Mingle with the crowds and get a sense of colonial Quito at Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande). 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande) and many more Quito attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Quito itinerary maker.
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  • The square in the heart of Quito is a great place to sit and people watch. It is surrounded by beautiful buildings, including the cathedral and parliament. Locals gather here and there is usually a sm...  more »
  • The plaza has some beautiful landscaping and plenty of benches to just sit and relax, watching the parade of people. Monument in the center.  more »
  • As old town Quito is the first old town centre to be appointed as an UNESCO world heritage this square probably is by far its biggest highlight together with the church of la Compañía. Full of beautif...  more »
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Most visitors to Quito choose to stay in La Mariscal, a touristy neighborhood filled with guesthouses, restaurants, and bars. This area is also the town's nightlife hub, drawing a young crowd of revelers from around the world. If you prefer less noise, look for a bed in La Foresta, a quieter and less crowded alternative just a few blocks away from popular entertainment opportunities. For upscale sleeping options head to the old town, boasting many of Quito's top hotels in some of its prettiest buildings.
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