Ecuador

Antisana Ecological Reserve, full day, daily, from Quito, includes lunch, private

Antisana Ecological Reserve (full day, daily, from Quito, includes lunch) (private)

Antisana

Information

This is a spectacular day trip out of Quito to the volcano Antisana, the fourth in altitude in Ecuador, covered with glaciers and snow, and the surrounding Ecological Reserve.

Day by day

Tour Details

This is a spectacular day trip out of Quito to the volcano Antisana, the fourth in altitude in Ecuador, covered with glaciers and snow, and the surrounding Ecological Reserve.

After about an hour’s drive southeast from Quito (60 kilometers, the climb and spectacular scenery on Antisana begins with close-up views of a massive glacial moraine, dating back to 11,000 year ago, jagged rocky peaks and a vast sweep of paramo vegetation above the tree line.

The first stop is for an overview of the impressive lava flow at Antisanilla, and the next one to admire an incredibly huge wall of cliffs across a narrow canyon, where condors can be seen fairly regularly, as they breed here. They are usually seen soaring up near the highest peaks, a great distance away.

Up in the paramo (at about 12,000 ft. elevation) several stops are made to walk about on level ground and observe the beautiful but small paramo flowers hugging the ground among the lichens and paramo straw: yellow composites, gentians, red Indian paintbrush, orchids and chuquiraguas. Around the many paramo lakes and ponds you can observe the glacial morraines and birds in both a diversity of species and individual abundance of most of them such as the highly endangered Black-faced Ibis, Cinereous Conebills, Andean Teal, Andean Lapwings, many Carunculated Caracaras, Black Wing Doves, and the Siskin. Some fisherman are allowed to fish for large trout in certain montane lakes of the area, from where part of Quito’s water supply comes from. After lunch, drive back to Quito amid breathtaking settings.

Entrance fee to Antisana Reserve is US$ 2.00 per person.

For your better enjoyment please take note of the following:

Warm clothing is needed.
It is quite windy, consider gloves and ear protection.
Sunblock (SPF 40).
Good walking shoes.
Camera (wide angle lens). Binoculars. Sunglasses.
Altitude: 2800 to 4000 meters (9800 – 12,120 feet)
Average Temperature Day: 5° to 20° C (40° to 68° F)

Your Galapagos Travel Expert Since 1969