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  • Address: Plaza de la Independencia, Old Town, Quito, Ecuador
  • Admission: Free

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Independence Plaza (Plaza de la Independencia)

Plaza de la Independencia, known as Plaza Grande to the locals, was Quito’s main square in the 16th century, serving as central market and bullfighting area.

The plaza contains several important buildings: the Archbishop’s Palace to the north, City Hall to the east, the cathedral to the south, and the white, neoclassical Palacio del Gobierno (Government Palace) to the west.

The Government Palace (re-built in 1920 after its original 1650 building was destroyed by fire) is not open to the public, but you can take a peek inside the main entrance, which is a beautiful example of Moorish architecture. There is a tourist information booth just behind the entrance gate.

You’ll find more Moorish-inspired work in the courtyard of the Archbishop’s Palace (built in 1852) where there is also a small craft market and a few shops.

Practical Info

Plaza de la Independencia is the Old Town’s main square and is bordered by Chile to the north, Calle Venezuela to the east, García Moreno to the west and Espejo to the south.

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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo, Quito, null
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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

Learn about the history, architecture and customs of the people of Quito in this trip. You will have the best view of the city once up on the top of ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.00
Quito City Sightseeing Tour Including Teleférico Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike, Quito, Day ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Quito City Sightseeing Tour Including Teleférico Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike

Discover Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and learn about its colonial architecture, history and culture. Then, take in breathtaking panoramic views from 4,100 ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.00
Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Horse Ride Pichincha Volcano Tour, Quito, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Horse Ride Pichincha Volcano Tour

Get to know this World Heritage UNESCO site on h orseback, for a full-day tour riding for almost 3 miles in the Andes, with a great view of Quito surrounded ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.00
Half Day Tour Old District Quito, Quito, Full-day Tours
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Half Day Tour Old District Quito

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Join this 4-hour private tour in the Old District of Quito which have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage because of its historical buildings, ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument, Quito, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument

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Enjoy a full-day city tour of Quito and visit the famous Middle of the World monument, known as Mitad del Mundo. You will be accompanied by a bilingual ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Half Day Quito City Tour, Quito, City Tours
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Half Day Quito City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 400 Reviews

Experience Quito’s highlights on a 3-hour sightseeing tour with a knowledgeable guide. Drive through diverse neighborhoods for a look at both colonial ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.79
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Full Day Quito City and Middle of the World Monument Private Tour, Quito, Bus & Minivan Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full Day Quito City and Middle of the World Monument Private Tour

This private full day private tour will take you around Quito and to the famous Middle of the World monument which is a must for all first time visitors! Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.00
Historical Quito and The Equatorial Monument, Quito, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Historical Quito and The Equatorial Monument

Visit the colonial city of Quito and see the monument dividing the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere on this 7-hour tour.

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.00
Private Quito City Tour, Quito, Full-day Tours
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Private Quito City Tour

Enjoy this private city tour of Quito. This city is located on a horizontal strip of land running north to south between beautiful mountains. The splendor of ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Quito City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off, Quito, Private Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Quito City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Enjoy a city tour of Quito at your own pace on board the Hop-on Hop-off. This is a great alternative to get to know the attractions of the north and center of ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: Flexible

From USD $15.00

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