El Panecillo

A hill rises above the south side of Quito’s UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city. The hill, El Panecillo, is crowned by a winged statue of the Virgin, La Virgen de Quito.

El Panecillo in Quito, Ecuador

El Panecillo

La Virgen de Quito at El Panecillo in Quito, Ecuador

La Virgen de Quito

There are steps from the old town up to El Panecillo, but it’s best to take a taxi – the walk up takes you through a dangerous area. A taxi from the old town should cost no more than US$4 and from the modern city no more than US$5.

El Panecillo in Quito, Ecuador

El Panecillo

Once at the top, you’ll find some of the best views of Quito.

View from El Panecillo in Quito, Ecuador

View from El Panecillo

It’s possible to go inside the statue for a cost of US$1. There is a small museum inside along with an even better view.

Museum inside La Virgen de Quito at El Panecillo in Quito, Ecuador

Museum inside La Virgen de Quito

There are a few overpriced souvenir stands at the top of the hill as well.

Souvenir shops at El Panecillo in Quito, Ecuador

Souvenir shops

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