Santa Rita Eco-Reserve

Santa Rita is a private Ecological Reserve located at 3,100 m on the Volcano Avenue, at the eastern slopes of the Pasochoa volcano, north of the Cotopaxi National Park, just one hour from Quito!

Santa Rita is committed to the protection and conservation of approximately 300 hectares of Andean forest, moor, rivers, waterfalls and all the wildlife that is found in it.

Being strategically located between the Pasochoa Wildlife Refuge and the Cotopaxi National Park, the Santa Rita reserve not only constitutes an important ecological corridor, but it is also a privileged place to enjoy beautiful mountain landscapes and perform outdoor activities in harmony with nature.

LOCATION

The reserve is located in the eastern slopes of Pasochoa, north of the Cotopaxi National Park, 17 km / 35 minutes from Sangolquí. To arrive, you must get to Selva Alegre neighborhood of Sangolqui and take the route of the Avenida de los Volcanes to the northern control of the Cotopaxi National Park, following the signs of the Santa Rita Ecological Reserve.

HOW TO GET

From Quito, you take General Rumiñahui highway towards Los Chillos Valley and advance to the Colibrí ring road. Continue on the way to Amaguaña, passing the Puma gas station until you reach a double ring.

At this point, take the left towards the Selva Alegre neighborhood and follow the Ruta de los Volcanes signs. At the entrance to Los Chillos Club, turn left and then follow the cobblestone to the right, passing the Enkador factory to San Fernando.

Continue along the cobblestone road and follow the signs of the Santa Rita Reserve, passing La Moca (stone arch), Rumipamba, El Vallecito and the Virgen de la Piedra. Approximately after 3.5 km from this point, you cross a concrete bridge and immediately you will find a detour to the right towards the entrance to the reserve!

OPEN HOURS

Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

We recommend you anticipate your visit from Monday to Friday at 0997480342

ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

In Santa Rita, you can perform a variety of activities perfect to get out of the routine in a safe environment surrounded by spectacular scenery.

The reserve has several trails in Andean forest, moorlands, waterfalls, rivers, picnic areas, camping areas and a family cabin.

Previous reserve, you can hire mountain bike rides, hikes, horseback riding and climbing tours in the surrounded highlands around the reserve such as Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Sincholagua, Corazón and Illinizas volcanoes.

We can also organize corporate, family, sports or academic events according to specific requirements.

Santa Rita has several services available to our visitors:

  • Visitors Center with internet connection (wifi)
  • Picnic / camping areas with: bathrooms, table, BBQ grill and space for bonfire
  • Bathrooms
  • Showers with hot water
  • Family cabin for 4 people fully furnished and equipped
  • Self-guided trails for cycling and hiking
  • Service of specialized guides for walks, cycling and horseback riding (previous reservation)
  • Transportation service and logistic support for hiking and biking activities (previous reservation)
  • Food service with country menu (previous reservation)

SANTA RITA RATES

CAMPING

$10 adults

$6 children 5-12 years old

Children under 5 do not pay

INCLUDES: entrance fee to the reserve and use of facilities for 2 days / 1 night, camping area, all trails, BBQ grill, table, bathrooms, space for bonfire, parking, security.

1 DAY VISIT

$5 adults

$3 children 5-12 years old

Children under 5 do not pay

INCLUDES: entrance fee to the reserve and use of facilities for 1 day, all trails, BBQ grill, table, bathrooms, space for bonfire, parking, security.

FAMILY CABIN

$20 per night per person

INCLUDES: entrance fee to the reserve and use of facilities for 2 days / 1 night, parking, security

  • 2 double rooms or you can adapt a double and a double.
  • Room with fireplace
  • Kitchen-dining room equipped + kitchenware
  • 2 bathrooms with hot water
  • Green area with BBQ grill

SANTA RITA HIKES

El Salto hike

Low-level path, approximate time 45 – 60 min, mostly flat. The path runs along the El Salto River in the middle of the Andean forest and open areas of moor with beautiful vegetation where you can contemplate the imposing stone walls of the canyon.

Chorrera and Santa Anita falls hike

Low-level trail, approximate time 30 min – 45 min, which shows one of the most beautiful areas of the reserve visiting the waterfalls La Chorrera and Santa Anita in the Pita river canyon.

La Letra hike

Average-level, approximate time 2.5 – 3 hours. A beautiful path along the upper part of the Andean forest with great views of the surrounded moorlands and volcanoes such as Cotopaxi, Sincholagua and Rumiñahui. Throughout the hike you can see birds, such as turkeys, ducks, hummingbirds; all kinds of plants typical of this area such as orchids, pumamaquis and chuquirahuas and more!

Condor Machay Lookout

One of the most visited attractions of the reserve! Low-level with an approximate time of 30 min – 45 min, the path reaches an lookout with a spectacular view of the Cóndor Machay waterfall, the highest of Pita River with 80 m surrounded by a beautiful canyon where several species of raptors nest, including the condor that gives the name of the waterfall. To get to the viewpoint, you go down a path to the Pita River, which descends through petrified lahars cut down by the flow of the Pita River.

Pasochoa hike

High-level, approximate time 5-6 hours, you will reach the upper part of Pasochoa volcano, whose summit is located at 4200 m from where you can see the caldera of this ancient volcano and the Andean forest that lies inside of it. Without a doubt a natural viewpoint from where you can appreciate the avenue of the volcanoes in all their splendor!

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