El Panecillo
El Panecillo
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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.
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  • TravelerToo
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Up Close with an Icon of Quito
    The 125’ silver metal statue of the Virgin Mary is visible from almost anywhere in Quito. I cheated and took an Uber from across town rather than walk up the many stairs to view the impressive statue. This site on a hill provides an amazing panorama of the city before you and you get a sense of how the city grew along the narrow valley. Visiting the El Panecillo is free but it is well worth the single dollar it will cost you to go inside the statue to view how it is constructed, see pictures of its being put together and ascending to the 360 degree walkway for unimpeded views of the valley and city. A wonderful experience. Once I was there and saw the Cathedral in the distance, I decided to walk down the stairs, along the street up to the Cathedral and complete the experience.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • goodguyjas
    London, United Kingdom1,202 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful statue and quite unique with great views of the city
    This impressive aluminium statue towers over the city affording visitors great views from all aspects of Quito city. With hills and mountains surrounding the vibrant city it makes for a visual feast. Various aspects show the residential side and industrial elements but the main draw is the city as you can spot many of the architectural highlights. The statue and surrounding hill has plenty of space for people to enjoy this lovely area. The statue is very well looked after and the level of detail is very impressive. On a good day the views are stunning. There is also a souvenir market and park area to relax in.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Samantha J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best experience in the panecillo
    My visit was very beautiful, because the place is very nice. The place is very nice but the ground is very rocky and it's very likely that you'll fall. The food is soo delicious because it is a typical food from Ecuador. The Panecillo has several viewpoints that overlook the city. You should see it, it’s a very pleasant experience and unique.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Jeanette M
    Swindon, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Statue, Stunning Views
    This was a stop on the Open Top Bus Tour (definitely worth doing), and was really interesting. Lots to discover about the statue, several stands selling souvenirs etc. We found their Alpaca wraps and scarves the best colour ranges , patterns and quality. The views across Quito were amazing.
    Visited December 2022
    Written April 25, 2023
  • Xhara71
    Rochester, United Kingdom453 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of the city
    Great views of the city. There’s also a large away of cheap eateries here. I particularly like the small road sign informing you there’s a monument behind it in case you can’t see it! 😂
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 7, 2023
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robert-not-home
Boston, MA2,285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
While the statue is what is highlighted here the views are what are most breathtaking from my perspective. Sure, look at and enjoy the statute but you will spend more time looking at the surrounding areas from this viewpoint.
Written December 5, 2023
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Xhara71
Rochester, UK453 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Great views of the city. There’s also a large away of cheap eateries here. I particularly like the small road sign informing you there’s a monument behind it in case you can’t see it! 😂
Written September 7, 2023
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product-of-canada
Toronto, Canada2,386 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Had read about the warnings, including here on TA, not to take the stairs up. Seems like such a shame, as walking up this manageable hill would be half the fun.

It was a sunny, beautiful day and we had become complacent. the hill is so very close to the historic district where so many police patrol by foot.

We decided to take a chance taking the stairs up by following a group of locals already on their way up. That plan worked until all of them entered their school yard, about one quarter of the way up. Thus, we were left alone.

We asked one of the students if it is ok for us to continue up the stairs, and she responded with a definitive 'no.'

With that advice, we hailed a cab a local street, and took a city bus on the way down. Such a shame it has to be that way.

But it was beautiful and worth a trip up.
Written August 13, 2023
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gefilte63
Beachwood, OH737 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This statue is visible from almost everywhere in the central part of Quito. I had read about it in advance but it was not on our schedule of things to see on our 1-day tour of Quito. We had a private guide so he stuck it in our itinerary as a surprise.
The story of the statue, how it was designed and built, was interesting and details can be seen when you go inside.
The views from the platform are unbeatable--360 degrees of Quito!
Lots of vendors nearby too.
Written May 23, 2023
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Jeanette M
Swindon, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This was a stop on the Open Top Bus Tour (definitely worth doing), and was really interesting. Lots to discover about the statue, several stands selling souvenirs etc. We found their Alpaca wraps and scarves the best colour ranges , patterns and quality. The views across Quito were amazing.
Written April 25, 2023
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Samantha J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
My visit was very beautiful, because the place is very nice.
The place is very nice but the ground is very rocky and it's very likely that you'll fall.
The food is soo delicious because it is a typical food from Ecuador.
The Panecillo has several viewpoints that overlook the city.
You should see it, it’s a very pleasant experience and unique.
Written March 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

goodguyjas
London, UK1,202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
This impressive aluminium statue towers over the city affording visitors great views from all aspects of Quito city. With hills and mountains surrounding the vibrant city it makes for a visual feast. Various aspects show the residential side and industrial elements but the main draw is the city as you can spot many of the architectural highlights. The statue and surrounding hill has plenty of space for people to enjoy this lovely area. The statue is very well looked after and the level of detail is very impressive. On a good day the views are stunning. There is also a souvenir market and park area to relax in.
Written March 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TravelerToo
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The 125’ silver metal statue of the Virgin Mary is visible from almost anywhere in Quito. I cheated and took an Uber from across town rather than walk up the many stairs to view the impressive statue. This site on a hill provides an amazing panorama of the city before you and you get a sense of how the city grew along the narrow valley. Visiting the El Panecillo is free but it is well worth the single dollar it will cost you to go inside the statue to view how it is constructed, see pictures of its being put together and ascending to the 360 degree walkway for unimpeded views of the valley and city. A wonderful experience. Once I was there and saw the Cathedral in the distance, I decided to walk down the stairs, along the street up to the Cathedral and complete the experience.
Written March 4, 2023
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Visible from practically anywhere in the city on a hill of the same name. Too far and steep for walking, a $3 taxi ride from the historic centre to the top for wonderful views of the city and quite a few tourist stalls selling trinkets, souvenirs, woollen clothes etc. Just a short stop for the views, so for $6 or 8/10 with a tip hold the taxi for a short while for the return journey
Written February 8, 2023
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SSL920
Independence, OH118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The chapel is small. Better to look outside from inside. But it's only $1 so it's worth it. Be careful of the dog poops.
Written December 31, 2022
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