I use Python 2.7 from Anaconda installed in a python environment on my computer (MacOS Sierra 10.12). QGIS is installed from the KyngChaos framework, and I know that there are problems with mixing other python distributions (besides the standard mac installed one) with QGIS, but I had the Anaconda Python2.7 working with QGIS up until today when I randomly received an error that the python console could not be loaded.
I then, 1) Uninstalled QGIS 2.16. 2) Installed QGIS 2.18. 3) Added this to my path:
/Users/ron/anaconda/envs/python2/bin/, which is the location of my Python distribution from Anaconda.
I am basing my actions off of the accepted answer to Setting QGIS Python version? However I'm having trouble where the accepted answer says "you must modify the symlinks in usr/bin". I am just learning about the file system and I am not really sure how I should go about modifying the symlinks.
I do have VirtualBox with Linux on my computer, so if all else fails I could just install QGIS with Conda on Linux (as right now the Conda QGIS install is only for Linx), but I feel like that would be taking the easy way out and I want to try and figure this out first.