El Panecillo is a large hill separating Central and Northern Quito from South Quito. It’s name comes from “The Little Bread”, as it it shaped like a small piece of bread. On a nice day, take a walk through town to visit this attraction for a beautiful view of the city. On the way there you will pass by the Basilica, other beautiful churches, and a few markets. Quito is a huge city and it’s great to see the large mountainous sprawl of the city from this bird’s eye view.
On the top of the hill stands a statue of Virgin Mary built in 1976.
According to historians, the hill used to be a place of worship. There used to be temple where the indigenous people would go to pay their respects to the sun before the Spanish destroyed it.