Nowadays the main roads have improved very much and you can accede to several destinations rapidly. The north southern road Panamericana, manners to the southern Coast for Alóag of Quito and north for Calacalí and enclosure the manner to the Orient, they meet in good condition. This does so for it to be true that there are as many as 32 walks a day from Quito, including to bordering provinces like Imbabura, Cotopaxi and Napo.
Of Quito and Imbabura: Imbabura is one of the icons of tourism in Ecuador. One accedes from Quito in less than two hours and a half to destinations like Otavalo, Lago San Pablo, Cotacachi, Laguna of Cuicocha, Ibarra and alredar.
Mojando's lagoons, the Fuya Fuya's mirrors
Beautiful landscapes; Several lagoons of height in the volcano's sight Fuya Fuya. the Condors will be seen with true frequency flying away.
Lagoon San Marcos, hidden jewel
Magnificent Landscape of Bleak Upland. Lagoon surrounded of Polylepis's trees and other species. the Cayambe Departs From the reserve - Coca-Cola. Hunting and fishing is prohibited. there are picnics and journeys around the Lagoon itself. How to arrive : From Cayambe towards the North to Olmedo 18 Km, next steering for the Orient, even to get to the lagoon 14 Km journey takes close to two hours from Cayambe. Coming out prematurely from Quito.
Volcano Cayambe, ice and snow in 0 latitude
Altitude 5,790 m., Third party in height in Ecuador. At the southern flank there is an Alpine style refuge. From there it takes place on foot even snow to glaciers, now further pensionaries as it has for 20 years, for the worldwide heating. Sometimes the snow on the refuge falls . Andinastas: Going out at midnight; Professional guide indespensable; More difficult asceno of what it seems there is, cracks, enclosure fumaroles. How to arrive : From Cayambe to the Piemonte house 12 km next. They will give you refuge. Vehicle 4x4 required
Cochasquí, archeological park
Located 3,100 m of altitude, It counts on 84 Ha, a them exists 15 pyramids you truncate and 21 funerary monuments or circular tolas. Religious and astronomic- observation center went from culture Quitu Cara ( Integratión's period 500 - 1500 d.C.) There are several museums: Archeological, botanical etno. How to arrive : 15 km North of Guayllabamba for the manner to Tabacundo, the deviation is all right indicated.
Jerusalem, Peucho and Puéllaro
Ecological Park , recreacion and tourism of 1,110 Ha. Dry Vegetacion and forest of carobs with interesting faunas. Sports playing fields, swimming pool, cabins and places of picnic. How to arrive : From Guayllabamba towards the North, taking the asphalted deviation crossing the river Pisque, in the direction of Puéllaro for a few Km, the park is indicated. Perucho and Puéllaro: Picturesque towns. Fruit trees of cherimoya fruits, avocados, etc exist .
Guayllabamba and Zoologic Underground Railroad
The Zoologic Underground Railroad is found 29 Km North of Quito, in Guayllabamba. The entrance is all marked from the Pan American. With 12 Ha, the zoologic contains 45 species of Ecuadorian fauna. You finds yourself in a dry inter-Andean forest. Guayllabamba is famous for it's locros, yaguarlocros, cherimoya fruits and avocados. There are speciality restaurants. From Gauyllabamba you can go to the Quinche, or to Cochasquí.
the cathedral of the misterioVolcan of singular formula, with 48 tips; Cayambe is attached to the reserve - Coca-Cola. An antique volcanic boiler formed is explosíon, that should have been impressive. Acquaintance like place of observation of UFOs. The observation of birds, condors's enclosure, is perhaps easiest. How to get there: One accedes for a dirt road, among Checa and the Quinche, then heads toward the Orient. Indications do not exist ; Iback t is required to ask directiones. 4x4 vehicle required; The walk is very tilted going back down with double transmission and DSPACE.
Oyacachi, the valley lost
Ancestral Quechuan settlement. Nominee in the novel Husipungo of Jorge Icaza, Cayambe departs from the reserve - Coca-Cola. The ecoturismo is administrated by the community. There are jungle paths, trekking to The Shako in the Orient ( take a few days ). Observation of birds and thermal waters with swimming pools next to the river. Directions: 2 and to half hours from Little From Quío Island In Greece.
Papallacta and Baeza, doorstep of the Amazonía
Place of great scenic beauty; Wastelands and Polylepis's or Pantzas's forests well-preserved. the snow-covered Antisana's is a beautiful sight. The innumerable lagoons, including the one belonging to Papallacta, Cayambe crushes music of the reserve - Coca-Cola. This lagoon formed for the natural representation of the river due to a spilling of lava, of the volcano itself Antisana. The higher pao on the way is the one belonging to the Virgin the aproximately, here has a deviation that it takes to Sucus's, Loreto's and Baños's lagoons to 4,200 m. The famous hot springs, restaurants and cabins are in Papallacta. The jungle clouded Oriental is appreciated of Papallacta toward Baeza; Big waterfalls, rocky formations, etc. There are paths in the jungle to observe birds.
Valley of Tumbaco and the Quinche
The valley of Tumbaco and it's outskirts includes Cumbaya's populations, Tumbaco, Puembo, Pifo, Tababela, Yaraqui, and Checa. It is largely built-up but preserve some green areas. There is tentaderos taurinos, hostelries and restaurants. The Quinche is an important center of religious pilgrimage for the Quinche's famous Virgin, situated at the bigger church, with beautiful blue domes. Other activities: Bungee jumping from the bridge of the Chice ( solo for experts ), bike cross-country running and endurance.
Volán Ilaló, hill of prehistoric cultures
Divide The Chillos's valleys ( south ) and Tumbaco ( north ). Altitude: 3,185 m Close To the summit this one the Ilaló's Cross, classic I take tingo for a walk from Elm on foot. At the Flanks The Inga, one of more antique of the country found paleontologic remains ( like mastodons ) and culture's archeological vestiges ( over 10,000 years ). Exist seaside resorts and thermal waters in The Tingo and The Mercy, a tentadero taurino, etc. Directions: Principally for The Chillos's valley.
The Chillos's Valley
Pleasant valley to the south this of Quito, with a spectacular sight to the Cotopaxi. An urban development area, but architectonic jewels of antique haciendas, like Cataguango, Chillo Jijón, The Ironworkses, The Cortijo, The Mercy, Saint-Like Rosa, etc persist ., Some once hostelries were turned into. More important populations: Conocoto, Sangolqui, San Raphael, Amaguaña and Uyumbicho. There are hot springs like The Tingo and The Mercy, Ushimana, Water and Mountain and Ilaló, among others. The typical- food restaurants like The Matilda with very original menu, exist . In Sangolquí, the famous hornados are attractive . Activities: Swimming pools ( thermal and cold waters ), ecuavolley, soccer, cavalcades, ( there are various clubs ) bike cross-country running and endurance at the Ilaó's outskirts, Scheldt and rappel in the Agave's goffering.
the River Pita's waterfalls, the Cotopaxi's cannon
5 beautiful waterfalls, one of them of some 65m of height that he reduces of the Cotopaxi's southern flank, in the river's goffering Little Pious exist over. They can do long walks, taking a dip in the river and for the more avantureros to practice rappel at the steep slopes ( note : Experience in rappel required ). Directions: From Sangolquí to Rumipamba's group of houses approximately 15 km. There Are Plenty Of municipal roads, asking for directions. In Rumipamba there are guides to realize of ashamed. For practice rappel bring your own equipment.
Pasocha, refuge of wild life
Located at the boiler and the volcano's flanks Pasocha, he contains 500 the latter remenente's Ha of Andean forest in her ion. An important refuge is for birds and condors. the Rappel in the rocky walls can practice itself for the experienced.
Volcano Guagua Pichincha, the boiler of the devil
Active volcano with fumaroles and secondary craters within his great boiler. It is possible to enter within the boiler, this is not complicated, but this recommends taking a helmet to protect oneself from the fall of stones. Directions: From the South of Quito, of the Av. Mariscal Sucre to the street Angamarca, going from Lloa in the direction, before the population has a devío ( walk earthen ) even close to the refuge. 4x4 required. From here the boiler's border is 15 min on foot. A path to enter to the boiler exists ; return is a difficult ascent. Note : once The 2 or 3 pm were passed the impossible it is to find thick fog and to get lost if not he goes with Guide or a connoisseur.
Ruco Pichincha, the old tranquil man
With the opening of the Cable Car of Quito, this omnipresent summit that it dominates , takes care of what has become more accessible than ever. The asceno is not technical, but the mountain passes exist pronounced before the top, like the famous step of death. Ruco means old in the language quicha , unlike the Guagua, it does not possess volcanic activity and not only that It's declare obsolete geologically. Directions: From the high part of the cable car, the path is all right to the summit marked. Unless you have practiced mountaineering, it is preferable to go with a connoisseur.
Machachi, cave of the water and of life
Little city known for his mineral- water springs known for the check mark Guitig and also for the chagra's walk traditional peasants's party on horseback, that it comes true around the middle of Julio. There are several hostelries and restaurants. A swimming pool of mineral gaseous water exists ; Fry but very comforting.
The Bowling, natural area of recreation
Located next to the Parque Nacional Cotopaxi, this area of recreation and environmental education counts on places of campground, cabins, picnic, and paths. The forest of pines was sown by Luciano Andrade Marín in the years 1920 like forestal experiment. At present the native vegetation is returning to normal. Place to observe fauna of mountain, like flames alcapas. The entrance corresponds with the entrance to the CLIRSEN. Besides he can travel by autoferro from Chimbacalle's station, in the South of Quito.
Park Nacional Cotopaxi, powerful volcano God
He is the more Park toured of the country after Galapagos. The Cotopaxi is a symbol of the Ecuador and one of the higher and beautiful worldly volcanos. Limpio Pungo's lagoon is an attraction for birds's observation, including the curious Seagull Andina, the one and only in Rumiñahui, Sincholagua and Quilidaña. The Park has a center of information and local guides, cabins of boardinghouse and the refuge José Rivas to 4,800 m. The favorite volcano comes from foreign andinastas; He drives indispensable mountain. In vehicle 4x4 goes up to some 4,600 m itself, close to the refuge. A few km of the park there are several hostelries.
Reserve Ecológica Ilinizas, sentries of the Occident
The reserve comprises the volcano Iliniza with two peaks and the jungle clouded toward the Occident, the river's zone Toachi. Flora and fauna spectacular. The Ilinizas possess a basic refuge for climbers, practically among the glaciers, but about to disappear for the worldwide heating. Professional guide of mountain required. Directions: Generally from the Chaupi. 4x4 required. He leaves the car at the bleak upland and he walks on a strong slope to the refuge. There is boardinghouse in the Chaupi.
Cotopaxi's province ( north )
Lasso's Zone. From Mulaló he gets to an one belonging to the big stones of the Cotopaxi's lahares, the Chilintosa, where the paint of the Virgin of same name exists . Directions in Mulaló must be asked there are plenty of municipal roads. In Saquisilí the famous craft market, with fair is interesting the days Thursday. They find beautiful handicrafts. A 2 hours from Quito must count Cotopaxi's province themselves for the north part. One accedes for the Pan American manner. Several hostelries for all budget exist .
The Hesperia, among toucans, pretty and quetzals
At the slope they can observe to the Coast from Alóag the abrupt changes of vegetation, from and, bleak upland, cloudy jungle to the subtropical one belonging to the river's goffering humid Pilate. He has kept in good condition in relative good condition once the inaccessibility of the slopes was given. The guarumos silver-plated stand out among the rich vegetation. A long of the road some stock prevailed and hostelries, among these find The Hesperia, to some 10 km passing Tandapi, a sign exists to reserve's entrance, one comes from better birds's places of observation in South America and also the monkeys can meet. In order to visit or to lodge in The Hesperia to call for the ( 593 ) ( 02 ) 243-2173.
He reserves Otonga, the Toachi's jewel
He reserves of some 1,000 there is, with jungle clouded in good condition and basic facilities for boardinghouse. The reserve is driven by the Fundación Otonga. Telephone ( 593 ) ( 02 ) 256-7550 Directions:From the Union of the Toachi toward Palo Quemado and The Pampas.
Station Río Guajalito, land of bears, orchidaceous and guajalitos
The manner ballasted Chillogallo Chiriboga he is not much of a two Rivers transited. Excellent zone of cloudy jungle. The station Científica Río Guajalito stands out for his variety of habitats, rivers, waterfalls, primary forest, bosquesecundario, etc and for his rich flora and fauna, incuyendo I Dare To of Anteojos, Spider Monkey, and fabulous birds, like the Toucan Azul of Montaña and the Rooster of the Rock Rojo Sangre. Close to Chiriboga 4F of Agricultura's Minesterio finds The Forestal reserve. Directions: Going out from Chillogalo, South of Quito, where direction must be asked to the group of houses of San Jaun.
He reserves The Jacket
the Chocó's humid tropical forest. Reserve driven for the University Central of the Ecuador. Directions: Manner Santo Domingo Quinindé, km 16, next long walk for 50 minutes. Coming out premature from Quito or sleeping at the zone.
He reserves Yanacocha, sanctuary of the birds of fog
Spectacular reserve at the Bargain's occidental slope, one of the last few forests of height in the wild close to Quito to 45 minutes. the Guagua Pichincha's fabulous sight. Driving for the Fundación Jocotoco, excellent for birds's observation. the the hummingbird's refuge is the latter zamarito Pechinegro, besides sees to the impressive hummingbird Espada's Peak, big forelocks of mountain, multicolored tangaras, etc. Directions: From the Av. Occidental, North of Quito, he takes his road to Nono. In split it higher of the road he will find indicated the deviation to the reserve. Entrance: 2 national dollars and foreigners 3 dollars.I take a walk of the Quinde, Free Ecoruta Ninth TandayapaPicturesque close road to Quito. Go over for haciendas to Nono's pobation and next it descends for jungle cloudy at the river's Narrow Pass Alambi even the I cause to decay of Tandayapa for affirmed road. Good guy for observation of birds. Directions: From the Av. Occidental, North of Quito, he takes his careterra to Nono. To few minutes of Quito, for this manner he finds the Hostería San Jorge.
Worldly Half and Rumicucho's Pucará
23 km North of Quito close to San Antonio of Pichincha are placed. complex includes the monument in the middle of the world, in the one that finds an ethnographic museum, a planetarium and Mission Geodésica Francesa's museum. A very picturesque town has been created. The weekends there are artistic and folkloric presentations, bulls's races, typical foods and sale of handicrafts.
In this archeological complex they find the ruins of a fortress used by the Incas for his strategic position for the conquest of the northern territories.
the Pululahua's CraterAmazing landscape, an active zone colonized by orchids exists . In the center of the crater he finds a new volcanic cone once vegetation was covered with. The crater opens up to the Occident, where the cloudy jungle starts off . Within the crater exist a group of houses and farmlands, this in spite of being an active volcano.
Mindo's zone, the biodiversidad's MeccaOne comes from the more rich worldly zones in flora and fauna.Declared for international organisms like an one belonging to more important for birds and orchids. The zone, that he goes from the Bargain to Puerto Quito's Tropic from the wastelands, comprises many natural stock.
Protective Forest Mindo NambilloOf 19,000 there is, from the high part of the Guagua Pichincha to Mindo.
He reserves MaquipucunaOf high priority for the consevation, located close to Nanegalito.
The PahumaWaterfalls and reserve of orchids to 45 minutes of the North of Quito, the further jungle fences to her take care of .the Puma Hoes 7 waterfalls, restaurant, kits for children.
the Fisher's ParadiseCable car, fishing of trouts and cabins.
Observation of colibíes and another birds.
Two RiversHe fishes of trouts, football fields and ecuavolley, bathing at the river, etc.
Bellavista the Saint Was LookingCommunal Ecoturismo, manner to Maquipucuna, from Nanegalito.
Waterfalls, hummingbirds, etc.