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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  • August 10, 2017
    This is much like Mexico City only smaller. It is clean and obviously enjoyed by the people. It was a Sunday and we were shocked by the number of people.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    An inevitable site during your visit to quito, around excellent there are places to eat, day Monday 11 am you can enjoy the changing of the guard of officers with their costumes of the war of independence without a doubt an attractive square of luxury
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  • July 30, 2017
    Beautiful atmosphere. There is often some protestants protesting with their bible outside the Catholic Church. A place of gathering. The food is cheap next to the Church and there is a good view.
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  • May 11, 2017
    Good place to sport but you need to have the tag.
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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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