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El Panecillo
El Panecillo

El Panecillo

El Panecillo, Old Town, Quito, Ecuador, 170111

The Basics

El Panecillo stands guard over Quito, making it one of the city’s most recognizable and popular attractions. Just about every city sightseeing tour makes a stop at the lookout, including night tours that offer the opportunity to see the city illuminated from this hilltop vantage point. For those visiting independently, there’s no fee for visiting the observation point, but there is a small admission charge to climb to the top of the monument.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • El Panecillo should be on every first-timer’s must-see list.

  • If you’re visiting independently, give yourself 30 minutes to take in the sights.

  • The lookout point on El Panecillo is wheelchair accessible.

  • Don’t forget your camera; the views from the top of El Panecillo are postcard-worthy.

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How to Get There

Although it’s possible to walk up a staircase to the top of the Virgin of El Panecillo, the hillside isn’t the safest area. It’s better to hire a taxi in Old Town or join a guided sightseeing tour.

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When to Get There

Your best bet for unobstructed views from the Virgin of El Panecillo is early in the morning before the clouds roll in. On clear days, you can see as far as the Cotopaxi volcano.

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La Virgen de Quito

El Panecillo is topped by a 135-foot (41-meter) aluminum statue of the Virgin of Quito, complete with wings, a crown of stars, and a chained dragon. Built in 1976, the now-iconic statue took inspiration from theVirgin of the Apocalypse of the Immaculate Conception statue inside the Church of San Francisco.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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