Antisana Ecological Reserve

Technical characteristics

Description of the circuit : See an amazing and diverse paramo along-side with Andean condors.

Travel Theme : Naturalistic observations, ornithology, photography

Group : Private, 15

Duration : 1 day

Arrival city : Quito

Departure city : Quito

Physical Level : Medium, rhythm easy, Medium, Maximum height: 4000meters above sea level

Day 1: Quito - Antisana - Quito

Despite Alexander Von Humbold's written account of possible fumaroles and ashes coming from the Antisana volcano, this massif, located in the eastern mountain range, just 1h30 from the Ecuadorian capital, is extinct. Motivated by his studies and his thirst to conquer all the volcanoes that crossed his path, the German naturalist settled, in March 1802, at the base of this captivating mountain to try to unravel its secrets. Between the taking of climatic measures, collections of plants and sketches, he undertook the ascension of the volcano and then wrote: "In the Antisana, we have been able to reach heights to which no man had climbed."

Until today, the 120 thousand hectares of this brand-new state reserve, seem to still contain remains of the Humboldt images. Its steppes of height and the multiple cliffs and ravines are the best natural scenario for the observation of Andean species and in particular of the Condor. Its landscapes, besides being considered the most impressive ones in the region, constitute an area of ​​importance for the conservation of water resources.

Early departure from Quito to the inner buttresses of the eastern mountain range. During this day we will tour the Andean steppes in search of the most emblematic bird of the Andes. We will also look for the White-tailed Deer (ssb sustus), the Ecuadorian culpeo fox (ssb reissii) and also the Ecuadorian Hillstar hummingbird (ssp jamesonii), one of the hummingbirds with the highest altitudinal distribution in America. At the foot of the majestic stratovolcano, the plains of vegetation harbours also the only population of Bandurria de Collar of the country. The plant formations here alternate between tapestries of gentiana, herbaceous paramo, pads, Polylepis and Pumamaqui (Oreopanax) forests and wetlands from where the song of the marsupial frogs can be heard (Gastroteca sp.). The lagoon of the mica, at the end of the road, constitutes one of the largest water reserves for the Ecuadorian capital. Lunch will be the opportunity to observe some of the hummingbirds of height and maybe the rare spectacled bear. Return to Quito in the afternoon.

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  • Lunch
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