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La Virgin del Panecillo

Gral Miller y Patagonia ( Cerro Panecillo), Quito, Ecuador
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Ranked #29 of 103 Attractions in Quito
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Type: Monuments/ Statues
Description: Located on top of the Cerro El Panecillo, this imposing sculpture can be seen from any location in downtown Quito.
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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246 reviews 246 reviews
136 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We saw this statue from all over Quito. It is a distinctive landmark. When our tour bus actually went up to the statue it appeared to be constructed like fish scales. Not very attractive to me but the view from up there is worth the ride. There are also vendors and restrooms and some people on horseback but we didn't... More

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Newark, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

It was abou 10 years I haven't been in this place. Let me tell it has change so much. Its more secure for everybody who visits Ecuador. They have a couple police officers walking around. The view is gorgeous to take pictures. To go upstairs to the balcony it's only $1 per person, and also the view it's nice. The... More

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Huacas, Costa Rica
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We had a free morning, and so three of us caught a cab from the historic center of Quito up to the Panecillo. We did ask the cab to stay and wait, which he was willing to do - it cost us $8 roundtrip. The views from up here are nice, though I think the Teleferico views are more spectacular.... More

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Quito, Ecuador
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The view of the city is nice, but the monument is blah.. its worth it if you go to the restaurant there and eat.. but there are better views of the city that include the Panecillo in it (Cafe Mosaico, Vista hermosa, Water Museum) Don't put it as a "must" in your list.. go if you have spare time, or... More

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Vermillion, South Dakota
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We took a taxi from Mariscal to the Panecillo for about $4. We loved the views, and the steep drive up is equally as interesting. You get to see a different side of Quito. There are some artisanal vendors outside in the parking lot. You can also walk up inside the base of the statue, which is a beautiful structure.... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We happened to visit on a beautiful, clear day with great views of Quito and the mountains (including snow capped volcanoes). The city just seems to go on and on...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Nice view over Quito. The monument itself didn't really excite me, but the view over the city is the main attraction. We arranged a taxi from Plaza Grande to go up, wait for us (20-30 minutes) and take us back for usd 10, which we didn't negotiate, so we could probably have saved a bit. Didn't try the teleferico, so... More

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Yellowknife, Canada
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We stopped here while on the 'hop-on hop-off' bus tour. The weather was good and the view was great. We were warned by a number of locals that this could be a sketchy part of town to walk around in. I wouldn't recommend the hike up because of the perceived threat but we did enjoy being dropped off at the... More

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Cusco, Peru
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This place has a beautiful view of the entire city! I think it's a great place to come to enjoy the view and take in the vastness of Quito!

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Zhanjiang, China
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

La Virgin de Quito is situated high up on the surrounding mountains of Quito and this beautiful statue overlooks the whole city. The locals claim that it is the only statue in the world depicting the Virgin Mary with wings. Make sure you haggle with the taxi driver for a good price to take you up there, wait for you,... More

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