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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

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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Quito City Sightseeing Tour Including Teleférico Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike, Quito, null
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Quito City Sightseeing Tour Including Teleférico Cable Car Ride and Volcano Hike

Discover Quito, the capital of Ecuador, and learn about its colonial architecture, history and culture. Then, take in breathtaking panoramic views from 4,100 ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Private Quito City Tour and Middle of the World, Quito, City Tours
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Private Quito City Tour and Middle of the World

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Quito has the best-preserved, least altered historic center in entire Latin America. First you will bring a visit to this wonderful historic center where we ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Private Colonial Quito City Tour Including El Panecillo, Quito, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Colonial Quito City Tour Including El Panecillo

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Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument, Quito, City Tours
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Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Private Full-Day Tour of Quito and Middle of the World, Quito, City Tours
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Private Full-Day Tour of Quito and Middle of the World

Enjoy a private tour of Quito and the Middle of the World in one day!

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Quito City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off, Quito, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Quito City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

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Location: Quito, Ecuador
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Admire the spectacle of the illuminated churches and its main tourist attractions.

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.00
Private Day Tour: Quito Historical Center, Equator Line and Pululahua Crater, Quito, Night Tours
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Private Day Tour: Quito Historical Center, Equator Line and Pululahua Crater

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Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $85.72
Shared Day Tour: Quito Historical Center, Equator Line and Intiñan Museum, Quito, Private ... 
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This shared full day cultural tour takes you to the highlights of the historical center of Quito until the Equator line. This city is listed in the UNESCO ...  Read more

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Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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