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Antisana Volcano Birding & Natural History Condor Tour PRIVATE, all included

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After an early departure from Quito with and an included pick up from your hotel at 7:30 am, you'll drive for about an hour to reach the western entrance of Antisana Ecological Reserve, just about 48 km (30 miles) southeast from Quito.

The snow-covered top of Antisana Volcano is located at 18,886 ft a.s.l.. It’s the fourth highest peak of Ecuador and it's covered by the largest ice cap in the country. Something that makes this place wonderful is the contact with undisturbed nature apart from crowded touristic places and its beautiful Andean scenery. The reserve provides opportunities to understand the geological history of the Andes and the importance of this unique ecosystem. 

You may see many high altitude and local wildlife specialties including Ecuadorian Hillstar visiting the Chuquiragua bushes, Black-tailed Trainbearer, Stout-billed Cinclodes, Andean Tit-Spineatil, Many-striped Canastero, Tawny Antpitta, Tufted tit-Tyrant, Red-crested Cotinga, Paramo Pipit, Plumbeous Sierra-Finch and Black-winged Ground-Dove. You’ll have the chance to see Carunculated Caracaras, Andean Gulls, Andean Lapwings, and many other species that are absent or difficult at other sites such as the rare Black-faced Ibis.

This reserve has at least 4 different cliffs in which up to 30 Andean condors have been counted perching; this is a large number considering an estimated population of just 102 wild individuals in the country. 

Birdlife categorizes Antisana as an Important Bird Area and it's part of The Nature Conservancy's Condor Bioreserve, it is just a worthy glimpse between 10500 ft to 15000 ft a.s.l. 

Arriving at Lake  "La Mica", you'll scan the lake shore for Andean Coots, Andean Teals, Andean Ruddy Ducks, and Yellow-billed Pintails. This is also the best place in Ecuador to observe closely the regal Silvery Grebe.

A delicious lunch is included at Tambo Condor reserve, enjoy the grounds of this beautiful property with a privileged view to the Andean Condors nesting sites and admire hummingbirds flying around the flowers and feeders at the garden.  Return to your hotel in Quito around 5 pm.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Time
7:30 AM
Duration
9h
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Private transportation
  • Certified, bilingual naturalist & birding guide
  • Lunch with soft drink
  • Bottled water
  • National Park fees
  • All activities
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A small amount of walking is involved along trails with irregular terrain although if participants require longer hiking trails are available.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Copy of passport of one of the group members is require for billing purposes (local tax exemption)
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed May 9, 2019

My husband and I did this tour today. I can honestly say it was the best tour ever! Our guide, Santiago, was knowledgeable and engaging. He never once talked down to us or at us. He talked with us about the birds and their ecosystems....More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank AnnieR398
Yalecueche, Sales Representative at Neotropical Nature & Birding Trips, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2019

Dear Annie, We truly appreciate you taking the time to write a comment. We are so glad to know that you had a wonderful day with Santiago and that you saw many incredible species in Antisana. We hope you can visit us again, so you...More

Reviewed April 27, 2019

A wonderful experience from the start, with excellent communication and booking with Gabriel at Neotropical, timely pickup at our hotel in Quito, and culminating with fantastic sightings by expert guide, Santiago. Not only did we see Condors, we saw many other species of wildlife with...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank ethnicannie
Yalecueche, Sales Representative at Neotropical Nature & Birding Trips, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2019

Dear Andrea, Thanks for taking the time to write this comment. It's encouraging to read that your experience with us was wonderful from the start and that you enjoyed every moment you spent in Antisana. Contact us if you come to Ecuador again, we will...More

Reviewed April 17, 2019 via mobile

Day trip for condor/nature to Pintag with Neo Tropical Ecuador. Great company, the guide was excellent, very competent and knowledgeable! Would use them again!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank li c
Reviewed April 14, 2019

Another amazing day with the NeoTropical tour group. So much information from a wonderful guide and he made such an effort to make sure that we did see a condor. We saw lots of other incredible birds, wonderful scenery and a lovely local lunch.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jenniferanitah
Reviewed March 6, 2019

A great birding tour! We hit all the birding spots and saw all of our target birds. Highlights were a Condor chick near its nest (if 3 feet high with a 7 foot wingspan is a chick), an Ecuadorean Hillstar near her nest, and the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Response from Yalecueche | Property representative |
Thank you for writing us! If you enjoy nature, birds and landscapes, then Antisana is the place. This tour is not physically demanding, so you don't have to worry if you aren't good at walking. Most of the sites of interest... More
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I saw this as a seperate tour. If you organise a private tour, you could ask this. This company is amazing :)
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