Palacio de Gobierno – Presidential Palace Quito

Palacio de Gobierno Quito

We are off to Palacio de Gobierno and we can’t wait!

Palacio de Gobierno

©Exploramum and Explorason – view from the balcony of the Presidential Palace

Explorason is in ‘kid heaven’ as we have a family here in Quito from the USA who are also long-term travelers and the boys have become friends. We decide to meet at the Presidential Palace for a tour.


Here we line up for quite a while, but the boys have fun. We have to surrender our passports to the entrance of Palacio de Gobierno and I don’t like that one bit! But trust I must, and in we go. The boys hang out together and crack jokes and they look like they are brothers.

There are so many beautiful and fresh flowers in every section of the Palacio de Gobierno. We have been divided into groups of 20 for the tour but we, of course, want to all stick together.

Bells For The New Pope

Palacio de Gobierno

©Exploramum and Explorason – beautiful flowers inside the palace

We head to the balcony and as we do, the bells ring continually. The new Pope has been selected. It is a happy time, so we make bets on where he is from – I lose.

We see the amazing meeting and dining rooms. The president visits Palacio de Gobierno but has chosen not to live in it.  It is free to enter the palace, and the gifts to the President are all on display for the people to enjoy.


The children enjoy the jeweled swords here at Palacio de Gobierno. The hand-woven silk wallpaper has an amazing feel as does the flag is heavy satin as the embossing is incredible.

The Future President?

Palacio de Gobierno

©Exploramum and Explorason – practicing to be the President

My son decides that he would like to be the President and so he practices his speech from the podium here in the palace.

La Ronda

Time has come to finish our tour and world schooling lesson here at Palacio de Gobierno.  The kids are still full of beans so we head off for a $3 local lunch. Then back to La Ronda for some games and local folk music.

I am amazed that even though we have been so long in Quito and yet each day holds something new. Quito is an incredible city and feels safe and friendly.  We sure like it here and have decided it will be our travel base!

Questions and Comments


©Exploramum and Explorason – local ladies in the streets of Quito

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