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El Panecillo, Quito

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For unmatched views of the capital city and its neighboring volcanoes, climb to the top of El Panecillo. The hill stands 200 m (656 ft) high between south and central Quito and comes from volcanic origin. Reach the top by a set of stairs at the end of Calle Garcia Moreno, or opt for a relatively inexpensive cab ride to the summit. Atop the hill, admire the statue of the Virgin of Quito, built between 1955 and 1975. Locals will be quick to inform you that this is the only virgin statue that sports angel wings. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Quito holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the El Panecillo and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Where to stay in Quito

Most visitors to Quito choose to stay in La Mariscal, a touristy neighborhood filled with guesthouses, restaurants, and bars. This area is also the town's nightlife hub, drawing a young crowd of revelers from around the world. If you prefer less noise, look for a bed in La Foresta, a quieter and less crowded alternative just a few blocks away from popular entertainment opportunities. For upscale sleeping options head to the old town, boasting many of Quito's top hotels in some of its prettiest buildings.
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  • Perched above the old city, this religious symbol can be seen from the alter in the Bascilica. One can climb the interior staircase for beautiful views.  more »
  • From the top of this small hill are marvellous views of Quito as the city spreads out, with the historical centre directly below. Home of the huge hollow statue of the Virgin of Quito which you can cl...  more »
  • Take a taxi or hop on / hop off to get there. Walking is just not worth that much effort. The views of the city are great. Pictures of the statue itself are much better from a distance. Plenty of tour...  more »