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. To visit Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande) on your trip to Quito, use our Quito journey planning tool .
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  • This is where everyone is at some point during the day. All of old town runs all around this plaza. With the statue saluting the heroes of the independence to the palace that sits on the park a true c...  more »
  • Square brings together hundreds of people every day. It is a picturesque place that seems to have stayed at the time. Its gardens are very nice and is always guarded by police who travels on foot, by bicycle or segway. There is free WiFi, although it is slow and cut.
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  • Any city in Peru, you'll find your plaza and this one does not disappoint. Great cafes surround and great people watching available. Enjoy!!  more »
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  • Good place to sport but you need to have the tag.
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