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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.
Costado del Centro Historico, Quito 170150, Ecuador
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Reviewed March 8, 2019

The views from here help you to appreciate the size and spread of the city - 55km bu 8 km, it is huge. topped by a 41M tall statue of La Virgen De Quito which you can climb up for a better view. Plenty of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Thecatsmum4
Reviewed March 7, 2019 via mobile

This is a bit of a drive, depending on where you are located, but worth it. They have lots of “food trucks” and street vendors. The views are amazing. Very peaceful.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed March 3, 2019

Take a taxi directly to the base of this structure. For $1, you can walk up a winding stairway inside the structure and you'll be on a platform in the middle of the structure for beautiful city views. We wend early morning - around 9am....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank FloydScott
Reviewed February 11, 2019

Panecillo has great views of the entire city of Quito. Excellent place to get good photos. Recommend taking a tour and going mid morning to avoid clouds.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank KathyScott Z
Reviewed February 10, 2019

El Panecillo - I did NOT actually climb up the hill to see this close up but I took pictures of it from almost every location in Historical Quito. It sits at the end of Venezuela St. 180 degrees from the Basilica at the other...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank gary c
Reviewed January 29, 2019 via mobile

I visited here on a short trip to Quito and enjoyed it. The hill on which the statue sits offers great vies in all directions and the statue is impressive. There are also stalls with souvenirs and while I didn’t have time to visit, they...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 27, 2019

I was told that ,though Quito is a relatively safe place, El Panecillo is not, if you plan to go there alone (I am a solo traveler) So I watched it from far. It is impressive though.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ShrinkandShrimp
Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

I think the best way is to walk from Quito historic centre all the way up to the Virgen del Panecillo. I made it a small pilgrimage, beneficial both for exercise and spiritual reflection. Safe, but steep and tiring hills through the inner, poorer neighbourhoods....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jsedj
Reviewed January 19, 2019 via mobile

We took the hop on hop off bus tour and stopped at El Panecillo. You get breathtaking views of city there is a winged Virgin Mary made of aluminum at the top. Almost at ten thousand feet looking over city.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sojourner19552014
Reviewed January 16, 2019 via mobile

Worth the trip up to the top. Spectacular views and great fun in the evenings with an almost carnaval atmosphere of small shops and people.

Date of experience: January 2019
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May 27, 2019|
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Response from heyjudithz | Reviewed this property |
You should be fine in the daytime. I would probably want a running partner after dark, but I am ultra-cautious. May I add that I have visited three times and have NEVER felt unsafe anywhere in Ecuador. It is a beautiful... More
September 2, 2018|
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Response from Oscar V | Reviewed this property |
You can certainly take an Uber up to the Panecillo. If you do not have good cell phone coverage, you can try and find wifi hot spot to get online.
October 17, 2016|
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Response from Middlemiss | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not 24 hrs. To be honest the view from the base of the statue is worthwhile.