Pululahua Crater

  • Pululahua Crater: Pululahua crater - © Diane Wild - flickr user
  • Pululahua Crater: Pululahua crater - © Flickr user - Tom Eats
  • Pululahua Crater: © Flickr User - Emma
  • Pululahua Crater: © Flickr user - LeRoc
  • Pululahua Crater: © flickr user - Yamil Salinas Martinez
  • Pululahua Crater: Pulaluhua
  • Pululahua Crater: Pululahua from Rim

Key information: Pululahua Crater

    • The Pululahua Reserve, north of Quito, is a fascinating place to explore on foot, a deep caldera some 5km across with exceptionally rich and varied vegetation and wildlife on its slopes, and covered on its outside in dense forests with farmland on its fertile floor.
  • The Pululahua Reserve, north of Quito, is a fascinating place to explore on foot, a deep caldera some 5km across with exceptionally rich and varied vegetation and wildlife on its slopes, and covered on its outside in dense forests with farmland on its fertile floor.
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    Walkopedia rating

    • Walkopedia rating90
    • Beauty32
    • Natural interest16
    • Human interest10
    • Charisma32
    • Negative points0
    • Total rating90

    Vital Statistics

    • Length: Variable
    • Maximum Altitude: Apx 2,900m
    • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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    Pululahua Crater: Pululahua crater - © Flickr user - Tom Eats

    WALK SUMMARY

     Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, north of Quito, is a fascinating place to explore on foot, a 300m deep caldera some 5km across with exceptionally rich and varied vegetation and wildlife on its slopes, and covered on its outside in dense forests with farmland on its fertile floor at 2,600m. A couple of old cones rise from the floor. It is said to be the largest populated crater in South America.

    A steep track drops from the Mirador de Ventanillas viewpoint just off the main road through the forest to the floor, where you can walk trails used by local people for centuries.

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    Summit Post has some good information.


    For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Quito Area walk page.

     

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    Pululahua Crater: © Flickr User - Emma

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    Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

    Pululahua Crater: © flickr user - Yamil Salinas Martinez

    Anyone planning an expedition to this place should see further important information about this walk.

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    Pululahua Crater: © Pulaluhua...
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