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We were in Quito during the holidays (La Navidad) and had an unexpected run-in with many Quitoans when we visited the major landmark El Panecillo – home to the large statue La Virgen de Quito. The entire area was filled with locals for a special Navidad event. People were dressed up everywhere we looked, some women were in Disney princess costumes, others were in authentic indigenous costumes. This group of children, playing a distance from a large tent and stage, tried to convince us to ride a lone donkey tied up near the base of the statue. We declined, chatted a bit, and they let me take their picture. After the first few takes the donkey moved out of the shot and the kids tried to pull el burro back, only to get yelled at by the owner who was a few hundred yards away.
Quito´s Historic Center is guarded from above by a beautiful virgin that oversees this majestic city, its streets, its inhabitants and its beautiful landscapes that lay at her feet.
At 656 feet above the city, at an elevation called “El Panecillo,” is a 147 feet replica of the Virgin of Quito (the original is 11 inches), commonly known as "Virgen del Panecillo", the sculpture is made of over seven thousand pieces of aluminum and considered to be the largest work of its kind in the world.
An ideal place for those who want to share a moment and take pictures like a professional of the Historic Center of Quito and the city!