"Plaza de Independencia" Quito Things to Do Tip by travelmad478

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One of the main squares in the old town of Quito, the Plaza is a bustling center of commerce and civic life, not to mention a great place to people-watch. The square is full of flowers and benches, filled with people and vendors, and surrounded by well-preserved colonial landmarks. The day that we visited, there were several competing political rallies occurring there, since Ecuador's presidential election was just a few weeks away. We parked ourselves on a bench to take in the spectacle.

A side note on this plaza: if you happen to need it, take a stroll into the courtyard to the left of the Archbishop's Palace to visit (among other things) the cleanest public restrooms in town. This very pretty whitewashed courtyard also contains a fast-food restaurant, "Menestras del Negro," with a rather politically incorrect theme.

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  • Written Jan 31, 2004
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