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El Panecillo

Costado del Centro Historico, Quito, Ecuador
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Resembling a type of small bread (panecillo), this hill makes an excellent observation point over Quito and features La Virgen del Panecillo, a... more » Owner description: Resembling a type of small bread (panecillo), this hill makes an excellent observation point over Quito and features La Virgen del Panecillo, a majestic sculpture that can be seen from any location in the city. « less
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Kansas City, Missouri
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We did the tour bous of quito with the double decker open top! it was a lot better than walking, which is not recommended, although the place was patrolled by police in cars...once you reach the top, the bus stops for a while for passengers to get out and explore, there are little stores/tents but some of them are overpriced,(... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We chose not to climb the hill (due to warnings on tripadvisor about muggings etc) so took a tour on the Quito tour bus which stopped at the top of the hill for around twenty minutes. We found this a great way to see the Angel as well as other sights in Quito. 20 minutes was long enough for us... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is one of those "must do" stops in Quito. Once you're there you only need about 45 minutes - 1 hour to take everything in. It costs $1 to get into the angel. There is a little museum on the first few floors and then you're in the belly of the monument. Quite impressive construction. The views are pretty... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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8 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The view are great. We went late in the day and had some difficulty finding a taxi ride to take us back down the hill. The neighborhood between El Panecillo and Old town is rough, so I would advise against walking between the two.

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Oklahoma
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107 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Beautiful at night! The virgin statue that you can see from most of the city is up here. This is a small park atop the city for a short, romantic, scenic stroll. The view of old town is great! There are a few food and textile-good stalls up here too.

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San Francisco, California
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Resembling a loaf of bread is a hill that can be seen from Quito's historic center and throughout the city. The statue of the winged virgin stands so tall and visible that dominates the entire hill. You have to take a taxi or car to go up there. I heard that there is a path to go up for those... More

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North Carolina
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Am I the only person who finds this statue rather unbecoming? I went to El Panecillo on the tour bus since there are so many warnings about the robbers who lurk on its hillside. When I was there there looked to me only tourists and snack venders. I skipped climbing to the top of the statue (supposedly $1 cost) but... More

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Montecito, California
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Take a taxi because it sits above a bad neighborhood. One for the views would be a grand multimillion neighborhood anywhere else but for some reason this neighborhood isn't. The statue is grand and beautiful and safe to visit. Go to the top and be the King or Queen of Quito.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We were not so lucky because it was very cloudy but you have the most breathtaking views from Quito, please do not miss it!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

While there is not much to do at El Panecillo itself, the views from this point make the visit completely worthwhile. The statue "La Virgen" is nice, but the main attraction is the amazing panorama of Quito.

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