The Virgin of Quito stands on Cerro Panecillo. Like this she is overlooking the whole city.
From here you have splendid view over the city.
This statue consists of 7000 pieces of aluminium, and it is a modern presentation of the famous Virgin de Quito, the unique winged dancing Virgin. The original masterpiece can be seen at the main altar of the San Francisco Church.
There is a balcony in the upper part of the pedestal of the Virgin, that provides a great view over the city (old and new part).
Open every day from 10.30 till 17.30. Entrance fee to the interior of the monument is 1 US $.
(I did not have enough time to go in).
Panecillo Hill: Panecillo means little bread, referring to its size and shape. From here you have splendid view over Quito.
Via stairs and paths from the Garcia Moreno and the Ambato, you can hike to the top of this hill. But it is not safe to do this, as on this trail many tourists have been robbed in the past.
So it is better to take a taxi to the top. It will cost you 3 US $, but that is a much safer way to reach the top.
Well, "Panecillo" is the name of the small hill from which you may have a partial view of the city. I would suggest to go, as it's not very difficult to reach it, but the enthusiasm will be proportionate to the scarse effort requested.
The casco historico or centro, is the old colonial part of the city: that is really great. It's been declared part of mankind's heritage by UNESCO and it deserevs the title. It is the most preserved and vast rest of the Spanish power all over Latin America, you won't find such an extensive number of beatiful and well preserved churches and buildings in Lima, Bogota or Caracas.Most of the pictures I attached are from that area.
The Virgen of Quito overlooks the old town of Quito from El Panecillo hill. This is a very south American custom of always having some religous symbol overlooking the city.
Se puede llegar caminando o en taxi, yo recomiendo ir caminando, pero OJO cuidado con los PERROS!!!!!, si te confundes de camino seguro los perros te indicaran que estas en el equivocado :)
Perfect view over Quito, the Cotopaxi and many vulcanos behind the city...
A absolutly must when you spend just a view hours in Quito and the weather is nice..
View from here is great, and the statue is cool, too. DO take a taxi up here, b/c supposedly there are a lot of thieves waiting for tourists along the way.
The Virgin, at the top of el Panecillo, a small hill in the middle of the Colonial part of Quito
La Vierge, au sommet du Panecillo, une petite colline au milieu du Quito Colonial
The "Bread Roll", el Panecillo, is a rounded hill with beautifuls views of Quito. At the top stands the cast-aluminium statue of the city of Quito Protectress, "the Virgin of Quito".
Unavoidable - The Virgin Monument.
It's located on a hill - perfect overview on the overcrowded City.