El Panecillo

El Panecillo showing a statue or sculpture and night scenes
Choose one or more items to build your trip:
Choose one or more items to build your trip:
Admire an iconic statue and see panoramic views of Quito and its surrounding volcanoes from this green hilltop in the heart of the city’s Old Town.

El Panecillo is a steep hill in Quito’s southern Old Town, so named for its resemblance to a loaf of bread. A towering aluminum statue of the Virgen de Quito (Madonna of Quito) pinnacles the hill and can be seen from many points around the city. Climb the hill to see the monument and enjoy stunning views of the historic Old Town, modern Quito and distant volcanoes.

Visit El Panecillo on a clear morning to enjoy the city’s most popular lookout, which sits 9,895 feet (3,016 meters) above sea level. Take a cab or a bus up to the top, as the narrow sets of concrete stairs that wind up the hill can be a target for muggers. Explore the grassy, flat hilltop and enjoy commanding views of the city.

Admire the statue of Virgen de Quito, constructed from 7,000 pieces of aluminum. Sculpted by Agustín de la Herrán Matorras in 1976, it was inspired by Bernardo de Legarda’s famous sculpture of the same name, which depicts the Madonna with angel’s wings. Enter the statue’s base to visit the on-site museum and viewing platforms. Learn about the area’s historical and religious significance to the Spanish and the indigenous people of the area. Climb the stairs to reach three levels of viewing platforms, each with a more stunning view of the Quito cityscape and mountain ranges than the last.

Pick up a small souvenir statue of the Virgen de Quito from the craft vendors as a memento of your visit. Sometimes you can hear religious processions sing and pray as they walk down the steps.

Keep your valuables close, as this is a popular spot for pickpocketing. Police routinely patrol the statue and museum. El Panecillo is located between southern and central Quito in the Old Town. The statue and museum are open daily during business hours. There is a fee to enter the grounds and viewing platforms.

Top Hotels Close to El Panecillo

Masaya Quito
Masaya Quito
2 out of 5
Calle Rocafuerte OE3 85 y Venezuela, Quito, Pichincha, 170403
The price is $41 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this hostel in Quito. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (31 reviews)
"The hostel was very safe and excellently located to the many historical sites. The staff was very friendly and super helpful. The hostel restaurant is a hidden gem, and the multiple outside space lounging areas are awesome. Facilities were ok, and could use a few repairs/renovations (ie. water stains ..."

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2022

Masaya Quito
Hotel Plaza Grande
Hotel Plaza Grande
5 out of 5
Garcia Moreno N5-16 Y Chile, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $180 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 21
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Quito. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (114 reviews)
"Good location & good service"

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2022

Hotel Plaza Grande
Hotel San Francisco de Quito
Hotel San Francisco de Quito
3 out of 5
Sucre Oe 3-17 y Guayaquil, Centro Histórico, Quito
The price is $65 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 13
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Quito. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (145 reviews)
Great atrium area
"Seemed to great for groups traveling together. Open area if atrium great for evening gathering."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Hotel San Francisco de Quito
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Plan a trip to see El Panecillo

Hotel Plaza Grande
Hotel Mama Cuchara
Holiday Inn Quito Airport, an IHG Hotel

Popular places to visit in El Panecillo


Best Lodging Options Near El Panecillo

Hotel Plaza del Teatro
Hotel Plaza del Teatro
3 out of 5
Guayaquil, N8-75 y Esmeraldas, Quito, Pichincha, 107401
The price is $21 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Hotel Plaza del Teatro
Hotel Plaza Grande
Hotel Plaza Grande
5 out of 5
Garcia Moreno N5-16 Y Chile, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $180 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 21
Hotel Plaza Grande
Hotel San Francisco de Quito
Hotel San Francisco de Quito
3 out of 5
Sucre Oe 3-17 y Guayaquil, Centro Histórico, Quito
The price is $65 per night from Aug 13 to Aug 14
Hotel San Francisco de Quito
Masaya Quito
Masaya Quito
2 out of 5
Calle Rocafuerte OE3 85 y Venezuela, Quito, Pichincha, 170403
The price is $41 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Masaya Quito
La Casona de la Ronda Hotel Boutique & Luxury Apartments
La Casona de la Ronda Hotel Boutique & Luxury Apartments
3.5 out of 5
La Ronda, Calle Morales OE1- 160, Quito, 170104
The price is $104 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
La Casona de la Ronda Hotel Boutique & Luxury Apartments
Casa Gangotena
Casa Gangotena
4.5 out of 5
Calle Bolívar OE 6-41 & Cuenca, Quito, Pichincha
The price is $331 per night from Aug 13 to Aug 14
Casa Gangotena
Hotel Casa Alquimia
Hotel Casa Alquimia
3 out of 5
Rocafuerte Oe3-13 y Guayaquil, Quito, 170405
The price is $72 per night from Aug 13 to Aug 14
Hotel Casa Alquimia
Hotel Casa Montero
Hotel Casa Montero
3 out of 5
Vicente Rocafuerte Oe1-23 y Av Maldonado, Quito, Quito, 170401
The price is $68 per night from Aug 13 to Aug 14
Hotel Casa Montero
Vista del Angel Hotel Boutique
Vista del Angel Hotel Boutique
4 out of 5
Cotopaxi N 9- 17 y Esmeraldas, Quito, 170130
The price is $100 per night from Sep 10 to Sep 11
Vista del Angel Hotel Boutique
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.