El Panecillo, Quito

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    The Virgin Statue in Quito

    by Luchonda Updated May 5, 2005

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    The Virgin of Quito

    As a traveller in Ecuador - you can not miss this Symbol of the City Quito
    High above and next to the virgin statue - a perfect panoramic view is the result !
    Quito is the place to be as first contact with this country, beautiful country.

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    View of Quito from El Panecillo

    by namastedc Written Mar 9, 2005

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    El Panecillo Statue

    El Panecillo is the hill upon which a statue of an angel standing on a giant snake is located. The statue is visable from just about anywhere in the city so finding this attraction should not be a problem.

    The view from El Panecillo, on a clear day, is indescribable. Because the little hill sits in the center of the populated valley, its crest is the only place where one can see the whole urban expanse.

    Take a taxi up to the top, and have them wait for you to take you down. The entire ride, with a half-hour wait should not be more than five or six dollars. Though tipping taxis is not necessarily customary, a driver who negates other fares to wait while you tour is something of an exception! Just make sure that the taxi is in good condition before you get in because the road to the top is hard on cars, especially those with low ground clearance.

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    Virgen de Quito

    by filipdebont Written Aug 23, 2003

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    Virgen de Quito

    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).

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    Cerro Panecillo

    by filipdebont Written Aug 23, 2003

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    Cerro Panecillo

    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.

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    Well, "Panecillo" is...

    by lichinga Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    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.

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    El Panecillo

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jan 31, 2010

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    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.

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    Go Walking!

    by Charlin_Baby Written Mar 22, 2008

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    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 :)

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    El Panecillo

    by Schmudi Written Aug 3, 2006

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    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..

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    El Panecillo

    by el_ruso Written Feb 21, 2005

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    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.

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    La Virgen

    by Maillekeul Written Apr 27, 2004

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    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

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    El Panecillo.

    by euzkadi Written Feb 1, 2004

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    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".

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    The Monuments in Quito

    by Luchonda Updated Apr 11, 2003

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    View on the symbol of Quito

    Unavoidable - The Virgin Monument.
    It's located on a hill - perfect overview on the overcrowded City.

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