Quito Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Quito Safaris & wildlife activities

Santa Cruz: Galapagos Islands 4 Day Explorer Tour

1. Santa Cruz: Galapagos Islands 4 Day Explorer Tour

Day 1 Arrive at the airport of Baltra Island and meet the National Park guides, followed by a transfer to Santa Cruz. Check in at your hotel and in the afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Station and the Interpretation Center of the Galapagos National Park. Day 2 Head to the stunning Turtle Bay Beach, a postcard-worthy beach with white sand and azure sea. Stop to observe the marine life, iguanas, and many other wildlife species Travel next to a private ranch, where you will be able to see the protected giant turtles living in their natural habitat. Finally, the adventure will conclude with a hike through the underground lava tunnels. Day 3 On the third day, head to the dock to sail to the islet of La Loberia. Take some time for snorkeling, before traveling to Punta Estrada. Keep a look out for frigate birds, sea lions, and other marine life. Day 4 After breakfast at the hotel, be returned to the airport for your departure flight.

From Quito : 2-Day Mindo Private Excursion with Lodging

2. From Quito : 2-Day Mindo Private Excursion with Lodging

Discover the evergreen wilderness and spectacular natural diversity of the Andes’ western slope. Day 1: Depart Quito in the early morning and visit El Pahuma Orchid Reserve for a 1-hour hike to the waterfalls. Stop off at the Alambi Reserve to take photos inside the hummingbird garden. Enjoy lunch in Mindo, and take advantage of free time in the afternoon to explore the city on your own. Spend the night at a hotel in Mindo. Day 2: Wake up to a relaxing breakfast at the hotel before you start your day. Choose from a variety of activities to participate in at your own expense, including river tubing, ziplining, rappelling, or visiting the butterfly farm. Return to Quito at the end of the day.

From Quito: Antisana and Condor Watching Guided Day Trip

3. From Quito: Antisana and Condor Watching Guided Day Trip

Antisana is a stratovolcano of the northern Andes of Ecuador. It is the fourth highest volcano of the country (5.753 m - 18,874 ft), and is located 60 kilometers southeast from Quito. It is a perfect volcanic cone, compound by two volcanic cones; the oldest one was eroded by an old glacier. Your tour guide will pick you up at 7:00 a.m. from your hotel in Quito, and then we will drive you straight through the eastern mountain range, until the village of Pintag, where you start to drive uphill way to the Ecological Reserve! At 3.810 meters (12,500 ft), you have big opportunities to spot very interesting fauna, like eagles, carunculated caracaras, white tail deer, foxes, and of course the majestic Andean Condor, considered the biggest flying bird of the world and one of the rarest species that probably had survived since the age of the mega beasts (10.000 years approx.)! You will take a hike through the Andean slopes until the Mica Lake (4.050 m - 13,287 ft), product of the end of the last ice age; in order to have a better view of the volcano and to watch beautiful water birds like Andean lapwings, Andean gulls, Andean coots, Andean ducks, and black-faces ibis, that curiously live in Patagonia and only in the Antisana Volcano in Ecuador! After your fantastic experience in the best condor's territory in Ecuador, you will drive again back downhill way to the Isco canyon, where the cliffs where condors nest are! Enjoying more views of these spectacular birds, we will have a traditional and tasty lunch at a local restaurant. You will be back in your hotel approximately at 4:00 p.m.

Cotopaxi Horseback Riding Tour from Quito

4. Cotopaxi Horseback Riding Tour from Quito

The tour begins with early morning pickup from your Quito hotel (Urban zone). After arrival at the ranch, be paired with a suitable horse, mount up, and spend some time learning the basic controls.  Once you feel comfortable, set out on a 2 or 3.5 hour trail ride in the Andes Mountains. Return to the ranch, at around 1:00 PM and enjoy lunch before heading back to Quito. Both beginners and experienced riders will enjoy this activity that provides the opportunity to appreciate the stunning landscapes of the national park.

From Quito: Horseback Ride & Cotopaxi National Park Day Trip

5. From Quito: Horseback Ride & Cotopaxi National Park Day Trip

Explore the Cotopaxi National Park on a day trip and horseback ride. Enjoy a comfortable ride from Quito, learn about the fascinating Chagra culture, and enjoy a traditional canelazo welcome drink. The “Chagra” culture is the product of miscegenation between the Andean Indians and Spanish settlers. This mestizo culture was the one that contributed more to the economic and social development of the countryside in the Sierra region, based on cattle breeding, like bulls for bullfighting. And, of course, here you have the opportunity to experience during a day trip the joy, adrenaline, and nostalgia that our Chagras live day by day while they are working in the high mountains of the Andes! Begin your tour in Quito and head southeast to El Pedregal, which sits between the Rumiñahui, Pasochoa, Sincholagua, and Cotopaxi volcanoes. After a 1.5-hour drive, disembark at a traditional hacienda or farm. Sip on a traditional canelazo drink and try on a traditional Chagra outfit. Head outside to find your horse and embark on a 2.5-hour horseback ride through the stunning countryside. Return to the hacienda, say goodbye to your horse, and drive to the Cotopaxi National Park. Visit the looming Cotopaxi Volcano, standing at 19,347 feet high. Marvel at the ancient dried lava flows, mountains, lakes, and wild horses. Watch as the plants, flowers, and trees change as you gain altitude. After your visit to the national park, return to your Quito hotel at around 5:00 P.M.

Floreana Island Full Day Tour in Galapagos

6. Floreana Island Full Day Tour in Galapagos

Departure from Puerto Ayora at 8:00 a.m. to board the yacht that will take you to Floreana Island. Departure from Puerto Ayora at 8:00 a.m. to board the yacht that will take you to Floreana Island. Visit Enderby islet where will sail around the island to see different species of birds such as blue-footed booby, frigates, seagulls, etc. If weather conditions allow us this is a perfect spot for snorkeling. This is the habitat of sea lions, turtles, exotic fish, thousands of tropical fish, barracudas, black coral, whitetip and Galapagos sharks, moray eels, some hammerheads, and eagle rays. 13:00 pm Lunch onboard After lunch, we visit Cormorant Point on the archipelago’s southern Floreana Island, which features a golden-greenish beach rich in olivine. It`s a collection of volcanic crystals originating in the Earth’s mantle and composed of aluminum, silica, magnesium, and iron, as well as eroded tuff, remains, all of which are responsible for the sand’s unique color. Not far inland, a brackish lake home to a variety of migratory and coastal birds is also ideal for flamingo-watching. Finally, we will visit the Pirate´s Cave where you will just walk and relax on the beach. Return to Puerto Ayora.

From Quito: 2-Day Cotopaxi and Quilotoa Trip

7. From Quito: 2-Day Cotopaxi and Quilotoa Trip

Depart Quito early in the morning and drive along the scenic Avenue of the Volcanoes, spotting various mountains including, el Corazon, Rumiñahui, Illinizas, Pasochoa, and Atacazo. Arrive at the national park surrounding the Cotopaxi volcano, which stands as the highest active volcano in the world at 5,897 meters. Start by hiking around the lake at the foot of the volcano. Then drive up the volcano to reach 4,500 meters. If weather permits and park regulations allow, climb to reach the refuge at 4,800 meters and from there continue up to the glaciers. Your time on the peak will also include a visit to the Interpretation Center to learn about the flora and the fauna of the park. Stay overnight in Cotopaxi. On day two, head to the Quilotoa volcano, stopping along the way in a traditional indigenous village. Visit with the locals in a typical indigenous house made of straw learning about their way of life and agricultural practices. Then make another stop in the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. Continue on to reach Quilotoa. Choose to descend to the reach the shore of the lake located in the mountain crater or just walk around the crater. Then go on a mule ride around the mountain, taking in the incredible highland landscapes. Afterwards return to Quito.

Santa Fe Island Full Day Tour with Snorkeling

8. Santa Fe Island Full Day Tour with Snorkeling

Departure from the hotel in Santa Cruz at 7:30 a.m. to board the yacht that will take you to Santa Fe Island. With 24 Km2 and 60 meters above sea level, it is a unique place to visit for its amazing bay with turquoise water protected by a natural barrier of rocks, on which colonies are appreciated sea lions and hawks flying over. It is home to one of the endemic species of land iguanas of the islands, the Barrington land iguana, whose main food is the leaves and fruits of the large and thick cactus. Crabs, night herons, sea iguanas, mockingbirds, and ground doves, are seen frequently. Bay throughout its length and breadth is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. Sea turtles, rays, wolves, fish, and clear and warm water are unique attractions. Lunch on board and transfer back to the hotel in Puerto Ayora.

From Quito: Mindo Trekking & Wildlife Guided Day Trip

9. From Quito: Mindo Trekking & Wildlife Guided Day Trip

Pick from your hotel. Driving for around 2 hours We will get to Mindo. On the way , If you like We can stop in Los Armadillos garden to watch birds, At the place you can get some of coffee or drink. If your have another garden in your mine We can skip this. Getting to Mindo, We will go straight to the forest to walk and see Nambillo waterfall . To cross between mountains We will ride a rustic Cable car. If you want to see hundreds of butterflies , It is the place where the paradise is REAL. At the half of the day, if you are hungry We can enjoy good food, places where you will enjoy your meal. Yumbos chocolate factory is the last place to be visited. It is a great experience because you will see the fruit, taste some of chocolates and locals fruits. We will leave the area around 4 pm and get to Quito at 6 pm.

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What people are saying about Quito

Mindo is definitely worth a visit and Diego was a very good guide who was able to tell a lot about everything we encountered in good English. The visit to the hummingbird sanctuary and the birdwatching tour was top notch. Nice experience to see all the colorful birds. The only downside was that when we booked we were assured that we would sleep in the beautiful Terra Bambu Lodge. The day itself we heard that a reservation had been made in another place. It was certainly not bad there, but a real downgrade compared to Terra Bambu Lodge (no big room, no view, ...).