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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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  • The statue of the angel overlooks the old city and is a useful landmark to get you’re your bearings – particularly in the southern end, when roads around Venezuela and La Rondo run at different levels...  more »
  • The site is well preserved, but is not of this world. It is the city of Quito, very nice, however there are better places to visit.
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  • Muffin is the name Spanish, granted in time colonial to this hill. Before was called Yavirac or Shungoloma. To go to the muffin, especially to the interior of the monument of the Virgin of Quito, we recommend to go between 9 h 00 and 18 h 00 Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 h 00 to 17 h 00. There are a couple of restaurants located at the top of the hill where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Quito, in addition to a delicious meal. For your safety it is recommended to not visit this place without a tour guide and if possible raise in some means of private transport.
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  • Quick trip up by taxi (we were told it wasn't safe to walk) and we'll worth it. Great views of the city and I just love this statue.
  • Fantastic site, with a great view of the city.. Just dont send off the taxi, or you'll have to walk down (not recommended)
  • If you visit Quito, just make sure to hit this site, must go on your checklist: iconic, great views of Quito.
  • Excellent view and a very interesting aluminum sculpture. Worth paying to go in and see the stained glass and the walkway around the top.
  • Beautiful views of Quito - unfortunately you have to catch a cab up there because the surrounding streets are dangerous.