El Panecillo, Quito

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For unmatched views of the capital city and its neighboring volcanoes, climb to the top of El Panecillo. The hill stands 200 m (656 ft) high between south and central Quito and comes from volcanic origin. Reach the top by a set of stairs at the end of Calle Garcia Moreno, or opt for a relatively inexpensive cab ride to the summit. Atop the hill, admire the statue of the Virgin of Quito, built between 1955 and 1975. Locals will be quick to inform you that this is the only virgin statue that sports angel wings. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Quito trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • Very careful with security on the access route. The view is worth the ride. Local handicraft shop.
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  • The Panecillo is one of the many hills and mountains in the Ecuadorian capital. Its importance and fame lies in its location, a few steps from the historic center, from where you can see how stands full of colorful houses and is crowned by a statue of the Virgin From its summit, you have a panoramic not only of the Historic Center of Quito, but from the South of the city too. It is possible to walk from the center, taking García Moreno street and climbing a long series of steps that cross areas with houses, parks and different streets that surround the hill. Attention, the area is not famous for its security, despite the operations and surveillance. If you decide to walk up, do it by day, without attracting attention (avoid showing luxurious belongings such as cameras or large backpacks). Personally, I decided to walk up and it was a rather tired experience, but useful to acclimatize to the height of Quito and its mountains. I had no problems with assaults, but I recognize that on certain routes you feel an unsafe atmosphere, with small alleys from which someone can suddenly emerge. If you prefer to climb safely, the taxi is the solution. You can easily take a taxi in the center of Quito. For about 3 or 4 USD will take you to the top. You don't need to ask to wait for you as you walk through the top and viewpoint; taxis are constantly available for the descent trip. At the top of the Panecillo the main attraction is the statue of the Virgin Alada, on a column that functions as an elevated platform or viewpoint (1 USD access). However, from the base of the monument it is possible to see the Historic Center of Quito, as there are several free observation areas. If you walk away from the statue, you will see to the other side of the hill, which is the Southwest of Quito, with a different architecture to the colonial Quito. In addition to the statue, you will find several stalls selling both handicrafts and food. The food stalls are further towards the south view of the hill, while the handicrafts are right in front of the entrance to the viewpoint of the statue. At the food stalls you will find for good price several culinary experiences typical of Ecuador: empanadas and other fried foods, as well as hot drinks that are a real delight: laundry, canelazo, etc. If you go up at dusk, the temperature drops quickly at sunset, so a hot drink will help you withstand the cold.
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  • View was magnificent the local food and souvenirs we're extremely affordable. The only drawback is my family and I had a difficult time getting a taxi back. So we ended up walking almost two miles or more down the hill to a main road to catch a taxi...
  • Very nice view
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