Ecuador - The best panoramic views of Quito from El Panecillo

Panoramic views of Quito from the Panecillo viewpoint

There is no doubt that the best way to have a first approach to yourvisit of the city of Quito, in Ecuador, is climb to the Panecillo viewpoint.

In addition, this hill that rises above Quito and its neighborhoods, already at about 3,000 meters of altitude, is one of the great icons of the city because there is the monument of the Winged Virgin, also known as the Virgin of Quito.

The Quito city It stretches about 40 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide between various hills and valleys.

Great statue of the winged Virgin of Quito in the Panecillo

You will be able to appreciate this enormous extension from the Panecillo viewpoint, where the houses will be lost from your sight and nowhere will you see the end of the city that is hidden between the hills that surround it.

How to get on the Muffin

For go up to the muffin, hill that rises about 200 meters above it Quito's Historic center, you have the option to sign up for the guided tour of Quito with guide in Spanish, with four hours duration and that includes climbing to this famous viewpoint and monument.

If you prefer to go on a visit on your own, it is best to use the tourist bus.

Or more comfortable if you get on a cab that for about 5 dollars will take you to the viewpoint and wait for you to finish enjoying the spectacular panoramic views Then return to the center.

Great statue of the winged Virgin of Quito in the Panecillo

It is not advisable to climb on foot, on the one hand, because of the fatigue that the high altitude of the city will cause you, and on the other, because because of the narrow streets you should ascend, they do not offer enough security for tourists.

Once you have reached the viewpoint ofThe bun, the views of the city are really impressive, as the hill divides it between the center and the south.

In the foreground, at the foot of the hill to the north, you have the Quito's Historic center, where you can recognize especially their churches.

Views from the monument of the Virgin of Quito in El Panecillo

In the background you have the new Quito Basilica, temple consecrated in 1988 and neo-Gothic style.

Quite closer it will be easy for you to identify the San Francisco church by the large square that opens in front of it.

If you look, for its large domes, which you do not turn, you will recognize very close to that one to the Church of the company.

And at the bottom, to the northwest, for its buildings of greater height you can see the most modern area of ​​the city.

Panoramic views of Quito from the Panecillo viewpoint

In the years of the Inca domination this hill was called Yavirac, one of the places of the sacred geography of the city of Cuzco.

When the Spaniards arrived in the 16th century they initially called it Gordo Hill, and then baptize it as Roll.

No doubt this viewpoint is starring the presence of the huge statue of the aforementioned Virgin Winged.

It is a monumental replica of the Quito artist's sculpture Bernardo de Legarda, made in the 18th century.

This you can see it at full size, with its barely 30 centimeters high. at San Francisco church museum.

San Francisco de Quito Square from the Panecillo viewpoint

The monument is also known as the Silver virgin It has a structure formed by up to 7,000 pieces of aluminum.

When you enter the monument (entry price, 1 dollar) to go up to the viewpoint of the base of the same, you will see an exhibition that shows you how the Winged Virgin.

Work of the Spanish artistAgustín de la Herrán Matorras, with a height of 45 meters, it began to be built in 1955 and was not completed until March 1975.

Popular neighborhoods of Quito from the Panecillo viewpoint

Nowadays, The bun It is one of essential visits in Quito. Do not be surprised to see numerous positions souvenirs at the foot of the monument of the virgin.

Photos panoramic views Quito

Here you have more fotos of the panoramic views of Quito from El Panecillo.

Video: The Panecillo Virgin of Quito (November 2019).