The day after our tour officially ended and our group disbanded, Ursula and I decided to tour Quito on our own on Quito’s version of the Hop-on/Hop-off bus. The Quito Tour Bus company has a fleet of red double-deckers, as you can see here:
One of our stops on tour included el Panecillo (the Little Bread), a 200-meter/660-foot volcanic hill that overlooks central Quito from the southwest. The elevation here is a lofty 3,016 meters/9,895 feet above sea level, and the views are . . .
At the very top of el Panecillo is the 45-meter/148-foot tall statue dedicated to the Virgin of Quito, a Madonna based upon the original Virgin of Quito dating back to 1734. This statue, however, was dedicated some 242 years after the original.
From a distance it appears the Virgin of Quito is made of grey masonry, especially on a cloudy day, but a close-up image reveals that the statue is comprised of individual pieces of aluminum—7,000 pieces of aluminum.
Now for more images of the view here: