Know Before You Go
This city landmark spot is recommended as a guided tour for photo opportunities in Quito. According to a bronze placard affixed to the Virgin Mary monument on top of El Panecilla, the figure represents the Woman of the Apocalypse as in the Book of Revelation.
The best time to go to El Panecillo is mid-morning (to avoid tourist crowds). One can also get ground transportation like Uber to the top, but be aware of spotty cellular service at the top of the hill. The hill and Virgin Mary statue area are open during regular business hours with a small fee to enter the grounds and viewing platforms.