Outdoor Activities in Quito

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Enjoy the majesty of Condors flying, while you contemplate stunning volcanic landscapes! Be the witness of how fast the weather change while you gain altitude in one of the most pristine reserves in the Ecuadorian Andes. Drive from temperate valleys up to snow-capped volcanoes!! Spot very interesting and exotic creatures, doing very comfortable walks, and relax in the evening at natural hot springs. Have fun in one of the best Spa of Ecuador...!
DAY 1: Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Quito at 07h00. We will drive you directly to the town of Pintag, where you will start to ascend to the Antisana Ecological Reserve. At the height of 3.810 meters above sea level, you will have enough opportunities to find interesting wildlife such as: eagles, carunculated caracaras, white-tail deer, and of course, the majestic Andean condors, considered the largest flying birds of the world, and one of the rarest species that has possibly survived since the era of the mega beasts (10,000 years aprox.)! We will walk also to the Mica Lagoon (4.050 m), result of the end of the last ice age, to get a better view of the volcano and to observe water bird species such as: gulls, Andean lapwings, coots, ducks, and black-faces ibis, which curiously live in Chile and only in the Antisana Volcano (5.753 m.a.s.l.) in Ecuador! Then we will descend to the Isco canyon, where the nests of condors are! After enjoying more views of these huge birds, we will have a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. At 17h00 we finally reach Termas de Papallacta SPA & Resort, where you stay the overnight in order to enjoy the healing properties of its natural hot springs! DAY 2: Papallacta is a small village located in the eastern Andes at an altitude of 3.300 meters above sea level. In addition to its magnificent surroundings, it is located in the rolling green elevations of the pre-mountain subtropical rainforest. In the morning you have time to relax at the SPA with a previous reservation. We can again plunge into the depths of the thermoludique pools, where its waters emerge from internal geological layers through fissures to the surface, with a unique healing potential and beneficial effects of clean air! At 13h00 we continue our spirit of adventure hiking along marked trails and spring mountain slopes, observing the flora and fauna of the Andean forest! You will be back in Quito approximately at 16h30. End of this fantastic adventure!

What’s included

  • Private transport
  • Certified English speaking guide
  • Mentioned itinerary and visits
  • Lunch 
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Mentioned lodging or similar (depending on availability)
  • Antisana Ecological Reserve entrance fee
  • Breakfast

What’s not included

  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Massages or treatments
  • Extra expenses
  • Hotel nights in Quito
  • IVA (only Ecuadorians)
  • Not specified visits