Antisana Volcano 1 day tour, private
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 its surrounding Ecological Reserve, and area of unique high mountain fauna and flora amidst awesome scenery.
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.
- Lunch at Hacienda Antisana
- Round trip ground transportation and guide
- Entrance fee to Antisana Reserve is US$ 10.00 per person.
- Entrance fees to National Parks, Natural Reserves, community projects, and others, are included in the excursions or have no cost. Unless otherwise is specified in each tour section.
Our recommendations for the best possible experience
- Warm clothing is needed ( rain jacket, sweater, long sleeves)
- It is quite windy, consider gloves, hat and ear protection.
- Don't forget your bathing suit! and sandals
- Take rain protection from January to May.
- Hat or cap, wear sunblock (SPF 40) even if is overcast
- Binoculars and sunglasses
- Altitude: 2800 to 4000 meters (9800 - 12,120 feet)
- Don´t forget your camera.
- This tour includes walking at an approximate altitude of 3500 meters (11.000 feet)
- Good walking shoes. (no sandals)
||Rates per Person (US$)
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|5 - 9
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||15 - 20
Discover the magic of the Andean region
Discover the magic of the Andean region, marvelous landscapes and rich ancestral cultures
The joy of living with the simplicity and relaxed atmosphere of a bygone era. The two Andean cordilleras that run parallel and cross Ecuador from north to south, offer a most varied topography: volcanos and snow capped mountains, green valleys with impressive Colonial cities like Quito and Cuenca, quaint Indian villages, farmlands, haciendas, lakes and rivers of crystal blue waters.
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Private tours offer exclusive arrangements with multilingual guides for both FIT´s or groups. Semiprivate tours are operated on vans with a maximum of nine guests; while our sharing bus tours have a capacity of up to forty guests. Both semiprivate and sharing bus tours are guided with English/Spanish speaking guide only.