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Chakana Reserve Day Tour

Where Condors Soar

  • Visit Chakana Reserve for access to over 12,000 acres of private reserve and trails.
  • Travel at your own pace with a Private guide and transport.
  • This tour is available 365 days a year.
  • Prices from just $150 per person!
  • Flexible itinerary choices depending on your interests.
  • This tour is of special interest for birding, trekking, photography, and nature.
  • Chakana is the best spot in Ecuador to observe the Andean Condor nesting in their native habitat. There is also a reasonable chance to spot Andean bears.

Photography credits:

Damien Esquerr, Andres Vasquez N, Jorge Anhalzar, Carolina Rodas, Michelle Hidrobo, Efran Cepeda.




  • Number of passengers Prices Per Person
  • 1 passenger $375
  • 2 passengers $250
  • 3-4 passengers $195
  • 5 passengers $165
  • 6 passengers $150


Chakana Reserve (Hacienda Antisanilla) is an important Andean Condor nesting site. Up on the cliffs, up to 40 individual Andean Condors have been registered. The estimated population of wild Condors in Ecuador is only 150 individuals, so Chakana represents an important protected area for the survival of this species. It’s possible to observe condors from Isco Lookout with a spotting scope, and also closer-up from atop the cliffs.
Also, keep your eyes open for the Andean Spectacled Bear. With some luck, Chakana’s pristine paramo habitat can be a great place to spot them roaming for food.
Other Fauna and Birds to look out For include: Mountain Tapir, Puma, Andean Fox, Peregrine Falcon, Curiquingue (Curungulated ), Great Horned Owl, Silvery Grebe, Andean Ibis, Hummingbirds (Giant, Sword-billed, Andean Sunbeam, black-tailed trainbearer, Sparkling Violetear, & more).

Approximate Timings:

    • 06:00 Pickup from your hotel
    • 07:00 Arrival to Antisanilla – Chakana Reserve. Enjoy a full day of flexible exploration on the trails with your naturalist guide. Places of interest include: Observation deck "Peñón del Isco", Condor Hideout, Mini interpretation center, Muertepungo Lagoon, Lava flow from Chakana volcano, Wetlands for migratory bird observation (October to March).
      Early to Mid Afternoon: Return to Quito to be dropped off back at your hotel.

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  • Return transport to / from your Quito city hotel.
  • Licensed English-speaking naturalist guide.
  • Entrance fees to reserve.


  • Meals. We recommend to bring a box lunch & snacks along with you.
  • Transport to/from Quito airport or the valley area, this costs a little extra, please let us know in advance.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Tips (Optional).

Tour Dates

  • This tour can run on any day of the year.
  • We recommend booking Chakana day tours at least one week in advance, to ensure that a guide is available for you, and the trip booking & organization can be done smoothly.

Recommended to bring

  • Camera, binoculars, rain proofing (just in case), decent walking shoes, warm clothes + extra layers, water bottle, head covering (hat or buff), snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent.
  • Average Temperature: 3 - 17 ºC
  • Altitudinal range: 3300 - 4600 m

About this itinerary

  • This is a private tour to visit Chakana Reserve, so the itinerary is flexible according to your specific goals / desires.
  • Exact Itinerary may change based on weather conditions or unexpected events which could compromise safety.
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