The hill of El Panecillo rises above the south side of Quito’s UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city. It’s crowned by a winged statue of the Virgin, La Virgen de Quito.
There are steps from the old town up the hill, 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.
Once at the top, you’ll find some of the best views of Quito.
Inside the Monument
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.
There are a few overpriced souvenir stands at the top of the hill as well.