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Avenida Chile entre Venezuela y Garcia Moreno, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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All reviews presidential palace free tour pomp and circumstance national anthem world leaders marching band nice palace vice president spanish speakers open to the public independence square beautiful building monday mornings main plaza take pictures great tour guided tour
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Reviewed 14 December 2018

Whilst we didn't visit the interior of the palace, we watched the Monday 11am changing of the guard. A superb and colourful spectacle, and interesting to see small protests (one of which was from a large number of post-retirement people protesting against poor pensions). Lots...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 6 December 2018

it was not possible to get inside, but while in quito, why not walk around and get to visit it for free?

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank paulanaestradadavida
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Also known as Carondelet Palace. The Seat of the Ecuadorian Presidency. Located on the lovely Plaza Grande. We visited on a Monday for the 11am changing of the guards. We arrived at 1030am to the plaza entry’s blocked by guards & gates. We asked one...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Debra C
Reviewed 28 September 2018

My family and I toured the presidential palace (free but must make a reservation beforehand). Really appreciated our tour guide's efforts to conduct the tour in English, as some in our group didn't speak Spanish. Interesting exhibits on the history of Ecuador and a display...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AnnabelleF154
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Advised by our guide to arrive at the Palacop de Gobierno by 11 am to watch the one hour ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. Very colourful. During the change over, the President and other Government officials stand on the balcony of the Presidential...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank globalraveller32
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Only able to take pictures from the outside. Beautiful building with colonial architecture. There is a changing of the guard which people go crazy for. I found it to be average. Ideally located with other government buildings near by.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Curtez151
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Due to new security measures, you must call at least 48 working hours before they can issues you tickets. You are given the local phone number to call to start this process at the corner of Garcia Moreno and Espejo. You must speak Spanish and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Alicia E
Reviewed 27 July 2018

It is free to enter the palace and to get up on the balcon overlooking the Plaza Grande. If you are in town on Monday, you have to go see the Change of the Guards at 11:00am.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Oscar V
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

The Palacios de Gobierno is currently closed to the public. Photos may be taken from the outside, and of the two guards in their uniforms standing post at the doors. The square out front is full of people trying to sell things to tourists. Beware...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank L6285MOjohnw
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

El palacio de carondelet debes conocerlo si vas a Quito, puedes realizar el tour guiado en el cual te llevan a todos los salones e incluso te toman una foto gratuita al final y la envían a tu mail. If you’re in Quito, must visit...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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10 July 2015|
Response from Vicente Iván H |
I am sure it is open on Saturday and it is free.
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