El Panecillo Tours

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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.

Location
Address: El Panecillo, Old Town, Quito, Ecuador
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Hours: Open daily. Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, weekends: 9am - 5pm
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Admission: Grounds Admission: US$1, Admission to the Top: US$2
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Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument

Enjoy a sampling of the natural, cultural and historical sights found around Quito during this comprehensive full-day tour. Take in gorgeous hilltop views of the city from Panecillo Hill and San Juan Mirador. You’ll also explore Quito’s historic city center by visiting several of its churches and colonial-era buildings. After lunch experience life on both sides of the earth’s equator at the Middle of the World monument before finishing your day with the amazing landscapes of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Your comprehensive Quito trip also includes a guide, some site entrance fees and an optional private tour upgrade.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$105.00 USD
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Quito City Sightseeing Tour Including Teleférico Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike

Experience the history, culture, architecture and natural beauty of Quito on this memorable tour of Ecuador's capital city. Follow your expert guide through city streets and journey across the skies in South America's highest gondola. Explore a volcano on foot during a three-hour hike and make the most of your time in this incredible city!
  • Duration: 8 days
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$128.00 USD
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Private Full-Day Tour of Quito and Middle of the World

Travel to the Middle of the World with a stop at Mitad del Mundo after a personalized tour of Quito. First, a private guide provides insight on the capital city’s historical center, including its World Heritage–listed monuments and churches. After a hike to El Panecillo, a lookout point above the city and home to La Virgen de Quito statue, you’ll stand at the Equatorial monument—0 degrees latitude.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$225.00 USD
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Quito City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Tour the capital city of Quito at your leisure with this popular hop-on hop-off bus tour. Enjoy hassle-free double-decker transportation through narrow city streets as you make your way to numerous city attractions and landmarks. Choose to get off at any of the 11 stops and make the most of your time in Quito.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$15.00 USD
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Private Quito City Tour and Middle of the World

Quito, filled with sunny plazas, historic churches, and streets lined with colonial architecture, has one of the best-preserved historic centers in South America. This private tour gives you an overview of the Ecuadorean capital so you’ll have a better sense of what to explore during the rest of your stay. Skipping the line at several attractions in town leaves time for a trip to the Middle of the World monument just outside Quito.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$125.00 USD
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Private Day Tour: Quito Historical Center, Equator Line and Pululahua Crater

Maximise your time in Quito with a private full-day tour that checks off three of the capital’s most popular attractions. Take in the highlights of the UNESCO-listed historic center, walk along the Equator Line at the Intiñan museum; then marvel at the views from the Pululahua crater. Tour includes lunch, hotel pickup, and all activities.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$79.93 USD
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Quito by Night with Optional Dinner

Discover the luminous enchantment of Quito at night with an evening tour of the city’s historic, UNESCO-listed heart. Ride past illuminated churches and colonial monuments on a replica of a vintage trolley car while a local guide shares backgrounds and legends of the Ecuadorian capital. Soak up panoramic views of the sparkling city from the hilltop viewpoint at Mirador del Panecillo, and end the evening with an optional dinner at a recommended local restaurant.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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7-Day Tour of Galapagos and Quito Including Hotel and Transfers

Follow in the footsteps of Darwin during this 7-day tour of the Galapagos and Quito. Spend a day in Ecuador’s alpine capital to explore the city’s colonial past and visit the Middle of the World monument to straddle the Equator. Fly to the Galapagos the next day where your guide will be waiting to lead you on your 4-day island-hopping adventure. Learn about the native flora and fauna, including the famous tortoises, then head back to Quito for your flight home.
  • Duration: 7 days
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$1,195.00 USD
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Private Tour of Historic Quito, Ecuador and Mitad del Mundo

Cover historic Quito and nearby Mitad del Mundo in one day on foot and by car. Visit Quito's Basilica, one of the largest neo-Gothic churches in the Americas, Independence Square, gold-covered La Compañia Church, San Francisco Square, and the historic architecture, cafes, and shops of cobblestoned La Ronda Street. Drive up Panecillo Hill to see the 18th-century sculpture of the Virgen of Quito, then continue to the geographic center of the world at Mitad del Mundo.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$60.00 USD
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8-Day Tour of Galapagos and Quito Including Hotels and Transfers

Set out on a nature adventure through the Galapagos Islands with this 8-day tour, including a stop in Quito City. See giant tortoises, playful sea lions, comical blue-footed boobies, and colorful flamingoes as you explore several islands, including Santa Cruz and Isabela. The convenient itinerary includes hotels, meals, and transfers.
  • Duration: 8 days
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$1,275.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 days
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7-Day Private Tour: Quito, Cotopaxi and Surroundings

Explore Quito and the wealth of cultural, natural and historical sights in the surrounding region during this 7-day, 6-night excursion. During the course of your trip you’ll check out the historic churches and buildings of Quito, go shopping for handicrafts at indigenous markets and discover volcanoes, hot springs and glaciers hidden among the towering Andes. Among the highlights are the Middle of the World monument near Quito, Cotopaxi National Park and Papallacta Hot Springs. This multi-day adventure near Quito includes a private guide, accommodations, meals, entrance fees and more.
  • Duration: 7 days
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$980.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 days
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Quito City Tour and Papallacta Hot Springs

Exploring the UNESCO-listed historic center is a must for visitors to Quito, but sightseeing in the world’s highest-altitude capital can be tiring. This full-day small-group tour has the answer – spend the morning touring the city, then relax and unwind at the Papallacta Hot Springs. Tour includes lunch, hotel pickup, and entrance fees.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$66.03 USD
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Private Colonial Quito City Tour Including El Panecillo

With so much to see in the historical center of Quito, you’ll cover more ground with a personal guide. This private half-day tour includes visits to prominent plazas, churches, and museums of this World Heritage Site, designated by UNESCO for its well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture. Don’t miss a stop at El Panecillo, where a statue of La Virgen de Quito overlooks the city.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$75.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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15 Days Classic Highlights Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

This 15-day tour of Ecuador lets you hit the country's essential sights as well as get off the beaten track without planning a thing. Visit highlights in each of Ecuador's diverse regions: the Amazon, the Andes, and the Galapagos—all activities, meals, transportation, and accommodation are included as described in the itinerary to ensure a great trip.
  • Duration: 14 days
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$3,038.00 USD
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  • Duration: 14 days
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