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Antisana National Reserve

Enjoy an amazing day outside of Quito visiting Antisana Volcano located over 18,800 feet (5753 m) above sea level. Entering the Ecological Reserve of Antisana, with its lagoons transformed into immense mirrors and strong gulches covered by a foggy forest, is an opportunity to know a unique landscape that gradually becomes into forest.

Duration: 8 hours



The tour starts in the morning from you hotel. We will drive to visit the Antisana Volcano (19500 ft), the most impressive Andean mount near Quito and sanctuary of wild Andean condor and other birds.

We will get up to the entrance of Hacienda Antisana, located along the foothills of the volcano. This part of the road will let you visualize the magnificent basaltic gorge of the Antisana Volcano and its glacier. Driving into the hacienda and visiting the wetlands, we’ll see some species of paramo. Here we’ll stop to watch interesting Andean birds like the Caranculated Caracara and Black Headed Ibis.  We’ll also have the opportunity to see different animals as Andean rabbits and whitetail deer. Then we’ll drive up to the Micacocha Lake where we’ll have the chance to watch Andean gulls and speckled teals, typical birds of the Andean water systems.

Little hike through the marvelous Andean in Antisana to observe and recognize the Andean important flora species like the cushion plant, ranunculus plants, gentians, and others.

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