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Condor Reserve with hike, history, birdwatching and photography

Location Quito, Ecuador
Location Ecuador
Location Pifo, Ecuador
$130.97
This is an experience gift voucher. The recipient will book the experience after they redeem the gift voucher.
Overview
Visit a birdwatching premier place. Explore this nature reserve located above 9,843 feet. Admire highest peaks. Contemplate the Andean Condor who is the largest flying bird on earth. Capture with your camera playful hummingbirds like the Shining Sunbeam, Ecuadorean Hillstar, Black-Faced Ibis, Variable Hawk, Many-Striped Canastero, Black-Chested Buzzard-Eagle, Paramo pipit, Tawny Antpitta, Plumbeous Sierra Finch, Black Flowerpiercer and other species. Follow up Humboldt's footsteps. Drive by the old house area where the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt stayed in 1802. After Humboldt, other famous explorers arrived such as James Orton, Theodore Wolf and Edward Whimper. Also, it is possible to spot Andean Duck, Yellow-billed Pintail, Silvery Grebe, Andean Coot. For having a great experience on this trip, bring your photography and birdwatching equipment. If it is your lucky day, not only will you see Condors but you will also be able to spot the famous Andean Spectacled Bear.
Tour guide
Language: English
Human tour guide
Duration: 7 hours
Availability depends on seasonality and number of participants. Bookings can not be made for the same day. Please read our TnC’s.

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  • Comfortable transportation for the trip
  • A Certified Naturalist Guide/Driver (English-speaking)
  • Cultural, natural and historic information
  • Lunch
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Quito
    You will be picked up from the hotel. After several minutes of travelling, we reach out a small neighborhood that contrasts with the big city since it is a quiet place where people get income from small businesses and agriculture activities. Continue driving in the middle of the parish town to access in a sinuous sandy road. See green pasturelands, burley fields, livestock and Andean Cowboys that begins their work day.
  • Antisana Ecological Reserve
    Watch the Andean Condor in its natural state from the viewpoint that is located on the upper part of the cliff. Observe a great Andean scenery during the journey until you arrive in the lagoon entrance. Some wildlife could be spotted on the distance by the road. Start the walk along the trails near the lagoon to observe from the top the entire extension of the lacustrine complex, if weather allows, you can see the majestic Antisana Volcano. If it is your lucky day, not only will you see Condors but you will also be able to see the famous Andean Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus).
  • Volcan Antisana
    One of the colossus of Ecuador can be observed and photographed from the top of the lagoon viewpoint as long as the dense clouds of the eastern Andes. The volcano tops out 18,713 feet high and the last eruptive process occurred between 1590 to 1600.
  • Antisana was also visited by important travelers such as the American explorer and naturalist James Orton in 1968. Teodoro Wolf, German scientist in 1875, also known at that time as "State Geologist." Finally came the famous British mountaineer Edward Whimper in 1881. As we continue our path, we will find a beautiful lagoon. This lagoon is part of the Antisana water reserve that provides water to more than 600,000 inhabitants of the city of Quito. For this reason, this entire reserve has been protected since 1992. And Antisana was declared a National Park in 2023.
  • On the way back, we can take a break to have lunch at Tambo Condor. This place has a viewpoint from where you can see the Andean Condor's nest. At least 3 and 5 Condors can be seen from here. Also, there are feeders which are frequently visited by different species of hummingbirds such as the Shining Sunbeam, Giant Hummingbird or rarely the place is visited by the Black Tailed Trainbearer and the Andean-Tit spaintail. After this, we will return to Quito city.
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
  • This experience requires good weather.
    If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
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    Condor Reserve with hike, history, birdwatching and photography

    Location Quito, Ecuador
    Location Ecuador
    Location Pifo, Ecuador
    $130.97
    This is an experience gift voucher. The recipient will book the experience after they redeem the gift voucher.
    How it works?
    01 You choose from 10 000+ experience gifts
    02 We deliver the eVoucher or the Physical box to the recipient
    03 Recipient books the experience and creates unforgettable memories!

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