A pristine reserve with wildlife
Antisana is the fourth highest snowcapped volcano in Ecuador. Because of its location and singular history, this area has been preserved almost untouched, without many visitors, for several centuries. For this reason it is possible to observe condors, eagles and other wild birds easier than in any other protected reserve or national park. I will loan you high quality Nikon binoculars. With just a little bit of luck we will be able to also see birds like curiquingues, Andean gulls, paramo pipit, and black faced ibis. Also, we probably will see mammals such as the white tail deer, rabbits, Andean mice and, with much more luck, the Andean wolf or the spectacle bear.
This 230, 000 acres reserve contains 40% of Quito's water. It is a wonderful ecosystem with unique flora. We will hike a couple of hours, less if you want, and later I will take you to lunch in one of the local, trout speciality restaurants. Price quoted is for up to 3 people.
This tour can be for up to 10 people - see below.
Your hotel pick up
Drive out to Antisana
Learn about the Paramo, unique ecosystem of the equatorial Andes
High possibility of watching condors and other wildlife. I will loan you several pair of high quality Nikon binoculars.
Hike to over 13, 500 feet
Lunch at a fresh, stream trout, specialty restaurant with other menu options
Admire the beauty of the Antisana volcano on a clear day
Return to and drop off at your hotel
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At the lobby of your hotel in Quito
End location: At the lobby of your hotel in Quito
Duration: 8 hours
Up to 3 people in my nice SUV with me driving. 4 to 10 people in a safe, comfortable, spacious, commercially licensed driver and large SUV, touring van or small bus depending on number of people - $333 total includes me. More than 10? Ask me for a quote.
Vivian as your guide
The road within Antisana is rocky and rough in places and actually skirts a rock quarry, but the trip is well worth it. $220 price includes me driving up to three in my nice SUV. For more than three and up to ten I only use quality, safe, dependable, comfortable, spacious, commercially licensed drivers and larger SUV, touring van or small bus depending on number of people - $333 total includes me. I only use drivers and vehicles I have worked with for years.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 US dollars - Per person lunch and personal expenses
Lunch and personal expenses
$20 road entrance fee
Museums in Quito are closed on Mondays. If this is your only available day please send me your inquiry, and I will create a customized itinerary.