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. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Quito trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • This is the Sugarloaf of Quito literally, very nice pass to meet take pictures and buy souvenir
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  • We drove to the top and if you do be aware that the road is hazardous and straight up. Once to the top we parked and the whole city is laid out in front of you and it amazed me how crowded the city tr...  more »
  • The Virgin who gives back to the South, this is how it is known from a few years ago, no doubt this catches your attention
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  • See the city vista spread out before you with the surrounding Mountainside. Magnificent sight. Statue of the Virgin is secondary. You can climb up the base of the Statue of for a slightly higher vantage point.You have the best view of the historical center from here. The monument of the virgin is interesting and you can visit inside the virgin as well.
  • The highest point in Quito, awesome monument, exceptional Quito's landscapes.
  • We got a very beautiful view of the city and the hills from En Panecillo. It is one of the best views of the city. And it's a beautiful statue. They also have handicrafts and some traditional Ecuadorean food being served near the monument.
  • Stunning views of Quito! Best at night. A must see for tourists! Drink some canelazo or colada morada while taking in the views.
  • Great view from above, some people say the walking ascent and descent is dangerous because of robbery, but I can't confirm this. There was even police around.
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