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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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  • It is a must visit place, you can climb and on each floor there is an explanation of the convents which the city. The top shows the city, very nice view. In the surroundings there are crafts.
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  • Located in the historic centre, with an impressive monument to the Virgin Mary, it is an ideal place to visit on the day or at night, since it provides safety, there are stalls of food and crafts...
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  • One of many places (like Parque Itchimbia, Teleférico) to overlook the whole El Centro / Old Town area of Quito. 
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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.