Independence Plaza (Plaza de la Independencia) Tours

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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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Address: Plaza de la Independencia, Old Town, Quito, Ecuador
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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Mitad del Mundo

Get a sense for the architecture, history and culture of Quito during this 9-hour trip visiting the city’s top sights. Start with an exploration of the historic city center of this Ecuadorian capital, visiting its main Basilica, Independence Plaza and many more colonial-era sites. Then take a trip aboard the Teleférico to a peak more than 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above the city for sublime views, finishing your day at ‘Mitad del Mundo,’ a monument marking where the earth’s equator splits the world into north and south. This Quito city trip includes entrance fees at select attractions, a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Half Day Tour Old District Quito

Immerse yourself in Quito’s colonial past during this 4-hour tour of the city’s Old District and major historic sights. Explore the top attractions of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic center, including the churches of San Francisco and La Compañía, its main Basilica, Independence Plaza and government palace. You’ll also enjoy postcard-worthy views of the city from Panecillo Hill and learn about Quito’s history, food and culture from your guide. This half-day tour of Quito also covers entrance fees at La Compañía and San Francisco church and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument

Enjoy a sampling of the natural, cultural and historical sights found around Quito during this comprehensive full-day tour. Take in gorgeous hilltop views of the city from Panecillo Hill and San Juan Mirador. You’ll also explore Quito’s historic city center by visiting several of its churches and colonial-era buildings. After lunch experience life on both sides of the earth’s equator at the Middle of the World monument before finishing your day with the amazing landscapes of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Your comprehensive Quito trip also includes a guide, some site entrance fees and an optional private tour upgrade.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Half Day Quito City Tour

Enjoy the best of Quito on this 3-hour guided sightseeing tour. Navigate the narrow city streets that wind through colonial and contemporary Quito. Make stops at Independence Plaza and the Presidential Palace. Check out the impressive views from one of the world’s highest capital cities and gain insider knowledge about the culture and history of this Ecuadorian city.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Quito City Sightseeing Tour Including Teleférico Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike

Experience the history, culture, architecture and natural beauty of Quito on this memorable tour of Ecuador's capital city. Follow your expert guide through city streets and journey across the skies in South America's highest gondola. Explore a volcano on foot during a three-hour hike and make the most of your time in this incredible city!
  • Duration: 8 days
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Old Town Quito Sightseeing and Food Walking Tour

Discover the rich culture and history of Old Town Quito on this 4-hour guided walking tour. Hear the stories and legends behind the Ecuadorian capital’s most iconic landmarks that you visit, including Independence Plaza, Government Palace, the Independence Monument, and the Archbishop’s palace. On this tour, you don’t just sightsee — try your hand at making traditional chocolate, too. Plus top off this fantastic day with a stop at an old-school ice cream shop, and sample delightful flavors.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Historical Quito and The Equatorial Monument

Explore Quito’s UNESCO-listed historic center and visit the famous Equator Line on this full-day tour from Quito. Admire landmarks such as the Basilica del Voto Nacional and the San Fransisco Monastery on a walking tour of Quito; take in the views from the Mirador del Panecillo viewpoint; then walk along the Equator Line at the Mitad del Mundo. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Full Day Quito City and Middle of the World Monument Tour

Maximise your time in Quito with a private full-day tour that checks off all of the capital’s most popular attractions. Take in the highlights of the UNESCO-listed historic center; admire landmarks such as Plaza de la Independencia, San Francisco Monastery, and the Panecillo; then walk along the Equator Line at the Intiñan museum. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Quito City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Tour the capital city of Quito at your leisure with this popular hop-on hop-off bus tour. Enjoy hassle-free double-decker transportation through narrow city streets as you make your way to numerous city attractions and landmarks. Choose to get off at any of the 11 stops and make the most of your time in Quito.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Tour of Historic Quito, Ecuador and Mitad del Mundo

Cover historic Quito and nearby Mitad del Mundo in one day on foot and by car. Visit Quito's Basilica, one of the largest neo-Gothic churches in the Americas, Independence Square, gold-covered La Compañia Church, San Francisco Square, and the historic architecture, cafes, and shops of cobblestoned La Ronda Street. Drive up Panecillo Hill to see the 18th-century sculpture of the Virgen of Quito, then continue to the geographic center of the world at Mitad del Mundo.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico and Horse Ride Pichincha Volcano Tour

Spend an entire day exploring the city of Quito with an expert guide. Learn about local cultures and traditions as you make your way through scenic landscapes and urban streets. Visit Teleferico and relax on a picturesque horseback ride to Pichincha Volcano, where you'll find incredible views of Quito.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Quito City Tour Including Teleférico

Combine a city tour of downtown Quito with a ride on the Teleférico on this 6-hour experience. Get panoramic views of the area around Quito from the cable car and learn about the city's history through visits to the historic center's squares, churches, and significant buildings. Round-trip transportation from select Quito hotels included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Quito City Tour and Papallacta Hot Springs

Exploring the UNESCO-listed historic center is a must for visitors to Quito, but sightseeing in the world’s highest-altitude capital can be tiring. This full-day small-group tour has the answer – spend the morning touring the city, then relax and unwind at the Papallacta Hot Springs. Tour includes lunch, hotel pickup, and entrance fees.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Full Day Tour, Museum and Traditions of Quito

Immerse yourself in Quito’s history, culture and cuisine on this diverse full-day tour. Climb aboard a replica of one of the city’s vintage trolley cars to explore the city like a local. Taste fresh-squeezed juice at an open-air market, browse Pre-Columbian art at the Casa del Alabado museum and learn about the revival of traditional Ecuadorian crafts at the workshops of Calle La Ronda. Midday, enjoy a homemade lunch of regional dishes and dessert at the city’s oldest café.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Quito City Tour

This private Quito sightseeing tour gives you the inside scoop on Quito attractions. Along with a guide, travel through the city’s lovely settings en route to top sights such as Independence Square, San Francisco Church, and a vista point favorited by locals. Your guide shares fun facts and information about the city to help you see it through a local lens.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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