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  • Address: El Panecillo, Old Town, Quito, Ecuador
  • Hours: Open daily. Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, weekends: 9am - 5pm
  • Admission: Grounds Admission: US$1, Admission to the Top: US$2

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El Panecillo Tours

Squint south towards the old town from Quito center and you can’t miss El Panecillo, a hill that does indeed resemble a panecillo (bread roll), and the statue of the Virgin Mary standing on top.

At 9,895 feet (3,016 meters) above sea level, El Panecillo is Quito’s most popular lookout, affording 360-degree views over the city. On a clear morning (and mornings are the best time for cloud-free views in Quito) you can even see as far as Cotopaxi’s distinctive volcano.

The aluminum statue of the Virgin Mary was introduced to the Panecillo in 1976 and was inspired by the Virgen de Quito (Quito’s Madonna), which can be seen in the Church of St. Francisco.

Practical Info

The stairway to El Panecillo is a popular spot with muggers. Arrange for a cab to take you and wait while you visit the lookout.

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