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.
- Walkopedia rating90
- Natural interest16
- Human interest10
- Negative points0
- Total rating90
- Length: Variable
- Maximum Altitude: Apx 2,900m
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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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