Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, Calacali

Trek through Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, a collapsed volcanic crater full of lush and dense native plant life. The crater reaches a pinnacle of 3,356 m (11,011 ft), giving you far reaching views from every angle. Observe over 2,000 species of plants and a huge selection of birds, mammals, and insects. Choose a different way to explore by going on horseback or mountain biking. Pick up some artisan crafts and food from the local vendors or eat at a restaurant. Stay overnight and choose from hostels or specially designated camping spots. Plan a trip to Calacali easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Tours to Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve
Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
201 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • The entrance to the park where the Pululahua volcano is free. It's an environmental reserve. It has a gazebo and trails. The volcano crater is covered in undergrowth and there are people living in it. I hope the volcano is really extinct...
    View original
  • Ecuador has nice places and this is one of them. We went on a tour (Quito Tour Bus) to the Half of the World and to Pululahua. It is a beautiful landscape, very relaxing. There is a viewpoint where you can see the whole crater, in the background you can see the houses of the people who live there. There's a path to the bottom, we don't go down for time. It is quaint, there are beautiful handicrafts, hygienic services, also where you can buy something to eat. Very nice everything. Recommended to visit
    View original
  • Loved this stop that we did on a half-day trip to Mitad del Mundo with the Quito Tour Bus -- actually, this was the highlight of the half day! Beautiful scenery and great photo opps. Our guide explain...  more »
Google
  • This is a wonderful park to hike and admire nature near by quito city. You can reach the viewpoint with a minimal walking (3 minutes from the parking place ) You should go early in the morning if you want to see the all volcano crater ( no later than 12 am) otherwise it will be cloudy , normally after this time the clouds come from the pacific and cover this entire area. For hiking we recommend you hire a guide otherwise you will miss a lot of information and maybe you could get lost looking for the right paths inside the volcano
  • Beautiful and free. Easily combined with your middle of the world trip. If you hike down you get to see the fauna change with the elevation. Be aware that when the fog rolls in - usually in the afternoon - the view will be lost. The market at the top of the crater sells high quality artisan work, but does have higher prices and other markets. Also, up the road on the right side of the parking lot, there is a fancy restaurant with a great view.
  • Perfect place to camp away from the city lights and look to the sky. Ask for Don Segundo, if you can find him he has has land for camping, a rural taxi to explore the surroundings and a tilical family own restaurant.
  • Very close from Quito. A spot to appreciate mixture of culture, history, interesting geographic knowledge and good food.
  • Really interesting to see a community living inside the peak of a volcano. According with the touristic guide it's one the three places on earth to see that.
Places to stay near Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve

Plan your trip to Calacali

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Calacali

3.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Side trips from Calacali

4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Plans to Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve by other users

3 days in Mindo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Quito BY A USER FROM ISRAEL January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Quito BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 57 days in South America BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 28 days in Quito BY A USER FROM ECUADOR September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Quito BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 26 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA September, outdoors, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 3 days in Mindo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 34 days in Ecuador, Mancora & Piura BY A USER FROM HONG KONG October, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Mindo BY A USER FROM ECUADOR June, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Cali, Guayaquil & Quito BY A USER FROM CANADA August, outdoors, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Ecuador BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans