Enjoy an amazing day outside of Quito visiting Antisana Volcano located over 18,800 feet (5753 m) above sea level. Entering the Ecological Reserve of Antisana, with its lagoons transformed into immense mirrors and strong gulches covered by a foggy forest, is an opportunity to know a unique landscape that gradually becomes into forest. The reserve has its own species of amphibian, Antisana´s osornophryne, a miniature brown toad that lives among the rocks of the moorlands, very rare to find and in danger of extinction. In the moorlands also dwell spectacle bears, white tail deer, dwarf deer, goat-deer, pumas, Andean cats, wolves, condors, curiquingues, Andean seagulls, mountain tapires, and lizards
Drive to visit the Antisana Volcano (19500 ft), the most impressive Andean mount near Quito and sanctuary of wild Andean birds. Travel along the foothills of the volcano in order to reach a small village. From there drive up to reach the entrance of Hacienda Antisana. Visualize the magnificent basaltic gorge of the Antisana Volcano. Driving into the hacienda and visiting the wetlands, See some species of paramo (tundra plants at 12000 ft.) Stop to watch interesting Andean birds like the Caranculated Caracara and Black Headed Ibis. This is a great opportunity to watch the magnificient condors in their natural inhabit upon favorable weather conditionsShort hike to see the glacier of Antisana after exploring for Andean rabbits and white tail deer. Eventually drive to the Micacocha Lake where you have the chance to watch Andean gulls and speckled teals, typical birds of the Andean water systems. Great opportunity to observe and recognize flora species such as cushion plant, ranunculo plants, and gentians. Lunch in a local hostería and drive back to Quito.