1. UP UP YOU GO, TO THE TOP OF THE PICHINCHA VOLCANO
This easily will take you the entire day. Check the weather before going up, this one might look easy but its a bit tricky. If it gets cloudy avoid it.
So, this amazing mountain you see from all over Quito, is Pichincha Volcano, and there is a cableway which will take you to the entrance of the park. Once up there you can either ride with a bike or hike.
Be ready, take sunblock, a cap, water and snacks, something sweet is a good idea, the summit is at 4784 mts /15695.54 feet above sea level. So, be smart and careful with the altitude.
So this is how you get there, take a cab to el Teleférico (cableway) and then start going up!
The last piece of the volcano is sand and very top is rock, so, again, be smart! and enjoy it!
2. HIKE DOWN PULULAHUA CRATER
Get from Quito to Pululahua. This is a national park near the Mitad del Mundo, on the way to Mindo. You can go hiking down the crater while checking the sleeping elephant. Also this is a great place to check orchids and birds.
Quite windy, sunny and normally dry.
Take sunblock, hat and water with you. Also, always let someone know where are you going to be. Just basics survival things to do while abroad and even more when hiking.
Pululahua is a very interesting and nice place near Quito, you can check more info here click here
Also you can have this as a point worth visiting while going to Mindo. On the way to Mindo stop at one of those coffees on the road and get amazed by hummingbirds, also if you want/can, stop at Fajardo’s Coffee Farm, a must have experience at the cloudy forest between Quito and Mindo.
3. HIKE ANTISANA & LA MICA LAGOON
This is a 1,5 hrs drive from Quito, you will go inside the Antisana National Park, better to rent a car.
You will park the car at the entrance of the park and walk to the Mica Lagoon.
Is a nice short hike, yet the drive is super pretty and lets you check another part of Ecuador.
A country side scenery filled with birds, deers, and many other species. If you are lucky with a sunny day, you will be able to check the Antisana Volcano and enjoy a nice picnic at the lake.
Drive back early , careful with the fog.
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