Remember I told you there are many amazing places around my city?
Well, this is one of these.
Antisana Ecological Reserve is located between two provinces: Pichincha and Napo.
It’s a huge place!
In the middle of everything is the Antisana Volcano and, around it, there are pámamos, forests and lakes.
It’s definitely a perfect place if you like nature (and walk while it’s cold).
How to get there?
Once again, we’ll start the trip in Sangolquí, my city.
It’s important to know that, unlike other tourist places, there is not public transportation to get there.
You could take a taxi but… it would cost you an arm and a leg.
So the best option is going by your own car (or by a friend’s).
The route is really easy.
First, you need to get to Pintag, a well known place near Sangolquí and, from there, take the way to Antisana Reserve.
That description looks too simple, I know. It’s because getting to the reserve is really easy (if you have a car or a friend who has one).
If you wanna get to Antisana Reserve without making any stop, you need 2.5 hours (approx) but, trust me, you should stop at least once.
Halfway you can find an area called Secas. If you stop in the right place, you can eat something delicious and see a beautiful lake.
And by the right place I mean this:
And by a beautiful lake I mean this:
Sadly, I couldn’t get to shore of the lake. It was necessary to take another path to get there. I’ll do that another day. 😃
BTW. People in charge of that Paradero Antisana were really kind. You need to enter their land in order to see the lake and take some photographs and they allowed us to do that.
After visiting that place, you have to ride 1 hour more (approx) to finally get to the Antisana Reserve.
Once there, you have to register. It barely takes a couple of minutes and it’s free.
Now, I have to warn you about something.
While you’re in the “reception” you may see something extrange.
I don’t know what animal she was trying to look like. An owl, maybe?
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t like to find someone dressed like that in a lonely place. 😅
But don’t worry. They are there just to welcome you. (Yep, “they”. There are more of them.)
After greeting them you have to choose between a short walk through a small walking trail or (the best one) a long walk through the mountain.
I chose the second option.
To be honest, I ended up exhausted, but I was worth it.
Along the way I could see a small deer and a big (really big) bird that I don’t know what kind of bird it was (all I know is it was beautiful).
I could’t take a photograph of any of them. I’m sorry.
But I saw a lot of rabbits too, and I did take some photographs of them!
Actually, if you see carefully the first picture of this post, just in the middle there is a rabbit.
You know what?
I’m going to show you again that picture. That way you don’t need to look for it.
Ok, depending on where you live, seeing rabbits may be a normal thing (or not), but it was the first time I saw them in their natural habitat, so I was exited. Plus, you can’t deny the landscape is amazing.
Anyway, after taking pictures of rabbits and walking down the hill you’ll finally be in the shore of the lake, which is a good place to take a break and eat something.
Getting there from the entrance of the reserve doesn’t take too long (between 1 or 1.5 hours) so you can take your time to explore the area before starting the way back.
A piece of advice
Wear warm clothes.
At the beginning it can be a little uncomfortable but, trust me, you will need it.
I thought I would be fine wearing just a t-shirt and, guess what?
I almost freeze!
While I was returning to the parking my hands were so cold that I was barely able to move them. 😂
I hope you had liked this online trip.
If some day you visit Ecuador (or if you’re currently here) don’t forget going there.
Sorry about that. I’m currently learning English and this blog is one of my ways to practice.
Any feedback is appreciated.