The Antisana Reserve

At the Antisana Reserve you can see lagoons that resemble mirrors, enjoy the view of the volcano and its impressive rocky peaks


This protected reservation is located an hour and a half to the northeast of the City of Quito Its total area is approximately of 120,000 hectares (296,600 acres).

Antisana Volcano

antisana volcano reserve

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This private reserve belongs to the provinces of Pichincha and Napo, at the limit of the Amazon basin.

The spectacular landscape is enhanced by the marvelous Antisana Volcano (5758 meters above sea level).

You will enjoy the view of the volcano, the impressive rocky peaks and the summit covered with glaciers. In the reserve you can find numerous lakes that resemble mirrors.

Some of the spectacular lagoons include the Micacocha Lagoon (which is the biggest lagoon of the reserve), the Muerte Pungu Lagoon and the Santa Lucia Lagoon.

The impressive gorges covered with cloud forest are also part of this unique and beautiful landscape in Ecuador.

The diversity of the flora and fauna in the Antisana reserve can be appreciated in two different altitude zones:

The high zone (about 3000 meters above sea level) where you can find moorland or paramo vegetation. And the lower zone with characteristics of a subtropical forest.

In the paramo (Moorland) you observe beautiful Ecuador Flowers that grow close to the ground next to lichens and paramo straw: yellow composites, gentians, red Indian paintbrush, orchids and chuquiraguas.

There are numerous species of animals in the reserve, mainly birds such as the Ecuadorian Star Hummingbird and the majestic Condor of the Andes both species in danger of extinction.

You can observe the wonderful flight of the Condor high in the sky near the highest peaks of the Antisana Volcano. The lowlands of the reserve are home to the Spectacled Bear.

There are multiple activities for you to enjoy this marvelous ecological Antisana reserve: Trekking, excursions, hiking, Ecuador Birdwatching and of course Mountain Biking

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Visiting this beautiful ecologic reserve is indeed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe the wonderful Andean landscape that gradually turns into the Amazon Rain Forest

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