Antisana – Home of the Andean Condor
An early start from Quito, toward the south, we begin to ascent to the east Andean range until reaching Pintag. We gradually leave the urban areas into the pristine Andean territories of Antisana which is the fourth highest Ecuadorian volcano at 18,875 feet (5,753 m.). The road to this area is a private road where only privileged visitors are granted a permit. A very pristine area is considered the most important sanctuary for the Andean Condor.
As you approach the area, you will encounter an enormous, relatively new, lava flow which has formed the small lagoon of Secas. The extensive plains bordered by a series of cliffs, are home to condors and other birds of prey roost. Among the birdwatching, there are Andean gulls, carunculated caracaras, Andean seedeaters, sierra-finches, eye striped cinclodes and with luck, the unique black-faced ibis. Occasionally, white-tailed deer or Andean fox can be seen, as well as, wild rabbits. Discover the unspoiled nature surrounding the Mica Lagoon with many interesting plants such as wild gentians and various species of daisies adapted to this harsh mountain environment. Vast plains form the landscape adorned by some peaks like the Sincholagua or Cotopaxi, and weather permitting, we could also see the massive glaciers of the Antisana volcano.
You will have the option to take a hike across the meadows by Mica Lagoon and enjoy of a box lunch.
Return to Quito.