"Plaza San Francisco" Quito Things to Do Tip by acemj

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The Plaza San Francisco is an enormous and slightly drab space, with no benches or trees. It makes up for the melancholy air with the grand proportions of the Iglesia y Monasteria de San Francisco (San Francisco Church and Monastery). The church is a bit dark inside, but the main altar is worth the visit with a carving of the Virgen of Quito, which was a model for the statue on El Panecillo.

The Museo de San Francisco ($2 for a ticket) next door is full of artwork from the Quito school and we had a "free" guide show us around. He said he was studying tourism and was giving free tours to practice his English, but of course, he was expecting a tip, which we were glad to provide.

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  • Updated May 1, 2008
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