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FULL DAY, In search of the Andean Condor. Antisana Ecological Reserve. - 1 Day

This day we go looking for the majestic Andean Condor in one of the most beautiful reserves of Ecuador. This bird is the symbol of Ecuador and one of the species in danger of extinction in the country with just a bit more than 100 resident individuals. The Antisana Ecological Reserve is a protected area occupying part of the Andes and part of the eastern cloud forest. This time we focus only on the Andes with the high mountains, steep cliffs and the extensive Andean grasslands (Paramo). We will be at over 4000 meters above sea level (over 12000 ft).
The Andean Condor has made this reserve its home because of the many places found for nesting.
We start today’s adventure after the pick up at your hotel. We will drive out of the eastern part of Quito to the protected area and the mountain landscapes. Before arriving to the reserve we will have our first stop to try to find the Andean Condor perched on the very steep cliffs of this region. From this point on, we will be looking for Condors and other different birds and wildlife occurring in the protected area until we arrive to “La Mica” Lake. Here we will take a short hike enjoying the landscapes and the explanations about this amazing ecosystem from your naturalist guide. We leave the Reserve to have lunch and return to Quito.

This day we go looking for the majestic Andean Condor in one of the most beautiful reserves of Ecuador. This bird is the symbol of Ecuador and one of the species in danger of extinction in the country with just a bit more than 100 resident individuals. The Antisana Ecological Reserve is a protected area occupying part of the Andes and part of the eastern cloud forest. This time we focus only on the Andes with the high mountains, steep cliffs and the extensive Andean grasslands (Paramo). We will be at over 4000 meters above sea level (over 12000 ft).
The Andean Condor has made this reserve its home because of the many places found for nesting.
We start today’s adventure after the pick up at your hotel. We will drive out of the eastern part of Quito to the protected area and the mountain landscapes. Before arriving to the reserve we will have our first stop to try to find the Andean Condor perched on the very steep cliffs of this region. From this point on, we will be looking for Condors and other different birds and wildlife occurring in the protected area until we arrive to “La Mica” Lake. Here we will take a short hike enjoying the landscapes and the explanations about this amazing ecosystem from your naturalist guide. We leave the Reserve to have lunch and return to Quito.

Note: This activity can be complemented with horseback riding in the Andes with extra cost under previous request.

The Trip Cost Include

  • Certified bilingual guide
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance fee
  • Lunch

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Other meals not mentioned
  • Drinks and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult are activities on this trip?

All the activities are from easy to moderate, however, this can be relative to how used to high altitude you are during the visit.

What is the highest altitude reached on this trip?

The highest point in the Antisana Reserve, will be at approximately at 3.900 meters high (12.500 feet high).

How are the guides?

Our guides are Certified Naturalist Guides with extensive experience on the destination. They speak great English and some of them have experience in photography

What kind of outfit do I need for this trip?

Temperature ranges during the day between 12 and 21 degrees Celsius (50 – 70 Fahrenheit). During the rainy season (October through May) the Andes are cloudy and humid and it is recommended to bring rain gear. Dressing in warm clothes or in layers will be a good option. Wear comfortable hiking or walking shoes (if they are water proof will be much better)

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FULL DAY, In search of the Andean Condor. Antisana Ecological Reserve.
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Trip Facts

  • Antisana Ecological Reserve
  • 2 to 15
  • 3.900 m (12.500 ft)
  • Private transportation
  • Lunch

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