Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve

Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve

Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Considered one of the world’s largest volcanic craters, this extinct volcano is one of two populated craters in the world whose first inhabitants were the Incas.
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Cynderella43
Fort Lauderdale, Florida506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
We were on a bus tour and the tour led us here as the first stop of our journey. It is amazing how such a hostile landscape could be tamed by humans and how the people have lived for years inside the sunken crater and managed to farm the land. Beautiful vistas all around . There is small path you can take, but it is pretty steep. We didn't venture too far on it.

There is also a row of artisan shops packed with lots of items for sale. Bathroom facilities are also available and were quite clean.

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Written July 22, 2014
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CareerBreakAdventure
United States233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We visited Pululahua and it was one of our favorite places to hike in Ecuador. We have done Cotopaxi, Cuyabeno, Quilotoa and others, and this rivals the beauty of those areas. The added bonus is that we saw no other hikers during our trip, making it extra special. It is also free to enter and can be reached on direct public bus for less than $1.

There is a really beautiful viewpoint over the crater when you first arrive, which is where most people stop. There are a few who venture down the initial trail into the crater, which is steep and slippery, but then return to the start and leave. We spent a day inside hiking around various trails and definitely wish we had spent a night in one of the two hotels we found to add a second day of hiking.

We had a little difficulty finding out how to easily reach the reserve, so wanted to explain our route to help other hikers. To get here by public bus, need to get on one of the blue buses buses with “Mitad del Mundo” written on the front window. They are frequent and leave from the Bolivia y America bus stop north of Centro Historico. The ride is around an hour and costs $0.45. You need to stay on the bus, which passes the Mitad, and then get out at Pululahua. This is the last stop on the route, and the buses sit here for a little while before turning around back to Quito.

From here, you will have to walk about one kilometer to the park entrance where you will have to register for entry. In reverse, just hop on one of the buses waiting where you are dropped off and return to Quito.

If you want more info on hiking the crater, just search our name, Career Break Adventures and Pululahua to find our full article. Good luck and enjoy the trip!
Written September 2, 2018
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ulty
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013
We took a public bus from Quito to the Mitad (.25 cents) then easily hopped onto another short public bus ride to the base of Pululaluah. It was a steep 15 minute walk then up a dusty road to the entrance of the crater park. Some might prefer to have gone with a tour or taxi from the Mitad to save this part. There is free entry to the crater lookout. Definitely do go for before mid day so that you get a view before all the clouds roll in as they do every afternoon. The hike down the crater was steep with loose rock, you will need good shoes. It was very worth it though and was actually easier and faster on the uphill return as it wasn't so slippy going uphill. We took about 45 minutes to an hour going down and taking photos along the way. We had lunch at the Pululahua hostel which is located right at the end of the hike down. Fabulous organic food and about $7-10 a dish. We wish we could have had the time to stay at the hostel, it was so chill and in such a beautiful location. There are hikes and horseback rides to do from within the crater too if you have more time. Overall we loved this experience and it was the perfect day trip to get out of Quito and into nature.
Written April 20, 2013
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Marisa
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
The place is ok. The administration is absolutely horrible. Customer service was nasty and they requested a bunch of useless information. They also don’t allow tiny dogs that can fit in the purse. Not very family friendly. They should really change management
Written August 20, 2022
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,616 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Viewed the extinct volcano crater from the mirador overlooking it. The crater is basically an verdant agricultural reserve with various microclimates. It is a few kilometers from the Mitad del Mundo site. Though nice, I do not think it was worth our time.
Written February 21, 2020
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Ingrid K
Lincoln, NE13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
Pululahua is easy to get to from Quito, just take a bus from the Ofelia bus station that is going there. (Signage at the station is very clear.) Buses no longer go up to the park entrance so it is a 20 minute walk. The view is great, and the hike down into the crater is beautiful, lots of flowers, birds and butterflies to see. It's a steep hike so take your time and only go as far as you think you can climb back up, as the walk itself is the highlight.
Written May 18, 2018
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Nick S
Totton, UK325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Only stopped off for 15 mins but the view down into the crater from the rim showing what is now farm land worth the effort. Did not have time for the walk down but looks like it would be well worthwhile, however do it after you have acclimatised to the altitude as it looks hard work coming back up
Written November 10, 2017
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Aaron S
41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
To get to the Pululahua crater you can take a bus from anywhere in Quito that heads north to the Ofelia bus station. From there you can take the bus to Mitad del Mundo. Make sure your bus indicates Pululahua, because some busses only go until Mitad del Mundo. You get dropped of next to a road that seems a bit deserted. There is a huge blue sign that indicates 'Pululahua'. It's a 15-20 minute walk on that asphalt road until the entrance of the park. There is no fee, but you have to register upon entering. Bring good shoes because the hike down the crater is not that easy. Especially in the first part there are many loose stones and you can slip easily. Make sure you arrive before noon. From 11.30h onwards the clouds start to come into the crater. This is a beautiful thing to see, but it is nice to witness at least some of the crater with a clear sky. There are a couple of restaurants and places where you can buy food and drinks in case you didn't bring enough. It's a nice day trip from Quito, but I wouldn't say it is a priority to visit. When you have enough time or a spare day in Quito, this is a perfect trip.
Written August 5, 2018
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Britt B
Tucson, AZ626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
We met at the Magic Bean Restaurant in the La Mariscal neighborhood in Quito at 9 am. Driving down to the ranch on a narrow road observing the beautiful view of the crater we arrived at the ranch, owned and operated by Astrid for many years. The horses are in excellent shape, the view fantastic and the volunteers at the ranch attending to all of your needs. My personal guide was lovely Sara from Australia, who offered to take all the pictures for me, giving me the opportunity to enjoy the horse ride, the various vegetation and the stunning views. Astrid had prepared some great sandwiches for us during our break before returning back to the ranch, where we were treated to soft drinks or beer.

It was a wonderful day away from the city, a new experience with people, who love their animals. I highly recommend this ride for any novice or experienced rider.

I like to extend my thanks to Astrid and Sara for helping me getting on and off the horse after a bad injury involving my own horse, who was spooked by a rattlesnake in Arizona.

Many thanks and regards from Britt
Written July 15, 2017
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Jeff Richmond
Plainfield, IL60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016
An incredible scenic outing. Attempt the climb down and back up ONLY if you are in good physical condition, AND if you bring along water and snacks for the hike. This is a true hike, and not one for those in sandals, or gym shoes. Another option that me and my wife chose, was to rent a horse with a guide to take us down, around the crater floor, and back up! The guide was awesome, knowing where to get some good pictures, and site to see. The guide also was good at determining whether you are an experienced rider or not,and managing accordingly. There is a small cafe at the overlook with free WiFi! This was a plus for updating social media after our ride. Give your self a few hours for the horseback ride, and a few more if you are hiking!
Written August 22, 2016
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