The El Panecillo—which translates to “small piece of bread” in Spanish—is a small volcanic peak in central Quito. Originally called “Yavirac” by the indigenous people of Ecuador, the hill once housed a beautiful sun temple at its peak before being destroyed by Spanish conquistadores.
Today, the hill is an ideal observation point for unbeatable views of Quito and a close up look of the Virgen del Panecillo, a majestic sculpture that stands tall above the city.
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