Independence Square, Quito

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Mingle with the crowds and get a sense of colonial Quito at Independence Square. 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 Independence Square on your trip to Quito, use our Quito journey planning tool.
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  • This is a small but very busy square where the presidential Palace sits. There's many locals just hanging around here. Great place for a photo stop.  more »
  • Not too spacious for the "main plaza" of a big city (as compared to some of the Plaza de Armas's I've been to elsewhere in South America) but with some eye-pleasing flower beds & benches for...  more »
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  • Looks like a trashy place for someone trashy to go.
  • Your area is trash Tweakers are walking around with backpacks asking for change and you wanted to know why we don't want to go here anymore

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