in Mariscal Sucre, Quito, Quito, Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador

Quilotoa Shared Day Trip from Quito


Mariscal Sucre, Quito, Quito, Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador

60.90 USD

1 - 15

12 hrs


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Overview
  • Explore the real Andean Ecuador on this one-day cultural tour takes you to one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America. Visit the amazing Laguna Quilotoa where you will hike down to the lake. Also visit a local market and meet a family in one of the surrounding villages, paying special attention to the culture and rural life of the indigenous Andean people. Your shared tour will depart from a centralized meeting point in Quito.

Location
  • Around:
    • Mariscal Sucre
    • Quito, Quito, Ecuador
    • Quito, Ecuador
  • Pickup: 1: La Mariscal, Quito 170129, Ecuador
    2: San Blas, Quito 170136, Ecuador

Categories
  • Day Trips
  • 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
  • Full-day Tours
  • Bus & Minivan Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at: 7:00 AM
  • Duration: 12 hrs

Additional
  • Price per person: $60.90
  • Size: 1 - 15 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Guide

Inclusion
  • Lunch.
    Transportation from and to Quito.
    24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish.

Exclusion
  • Optional mule rent ($10)..
    30 min kayak trip in the lagoon ($5)..
    Additional food and drinks..
    Personal expenses..
    Personal health & travel insurance..
    Optional tips for the guide.

Cancellation
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Quilotoa Shared Day Trip from Quito

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Mariscal District, Quito Ecuador

Leave from Plaza Foch in Quito at 07:00 (so please be there at 06:50) or from The Old Town location at 07:20 (so please be there at 07:10) for transport to Quilotoa.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Mercado Indigena, Saquisili Ecuador

Explore Saquisili/Pujili (Thursday/Sunday) and visit a native family.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Laguna de Quilotoa, 070701 Ecuador

Hike and explore the Quilotoa Crater and Lagoon

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Tigua, Ecuador

Arrive to Tigua community

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Mariscal District, Quito Ecuador

Return to shared meeting points in Quito

Duration: 3 hours

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.
Please notify supplier which meeting point you take so to communicate that to the guide and don’t be late because the bus won’t wait for you..
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.
Please bring the following: Warm clothing, gloves, sunscreen, hiking shoes, large tote bag, waterproof jacket, camera, and a hat.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Near public transportation.
Not recommended for travelers with back problems.
Not recommended for pregnant travelers.
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
Please take into consideration that lunch will be served at around 03:30 PM, so it is recommended to bring some extra food..
Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.)..
Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances..
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.
Face masks required for travelers in public areas.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Face masks provided for travelers.
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff.
Social distancing enforced throughout experience.
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
Gear/equipment sanitized between use.
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized.
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff.
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival.
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms.
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons.
Travelers must bring with them extra sanitary items to be used during the entire tour. Transportation: Passengers will be seated skipping a place to maintain the distance required. Medicine: Travelers should bring their medications from their countries.

Reviews

4.4 stars, based on 17 reviews
Gerald C
Gerald C

Had a fun day visiting Quilotoa. The stop at the local market was a highlight and was able to have my first taste of Guinea Pig! Fascinating to see all the locals bring in their goods to sell, seems everything is a $1.00, just the quantity varies. View at the crater was amazing and the hike down and back up was challenging, but definitely worth it.

09/12/2019
Nancy
Nancy

I'm glad to have had the experience. I was ill-prepared for the climb down the crater, but was saved by the available mules and horses that carried us back up the cliff. The guides were wonderful and lunch was delicious. I highly recommended this excursion.

15/08/2019
Christina S
Christina S

This was a wonderful day trip! The market was very interesting as was the visit to the home of an indigenous family and the brief stop at the viewpoint at the canyon.
However, the star of the show was Quilotoa lagoon, which was absolutely spectacular. The colour of the water was breathtakingly beautiful and it kept changing as the clouds went overhead.
The commentary from our guide, Patricio was really informative and he looked after us brilliantly.

We hiked right down to the lake and took a short kayak on it - that was also very well worth doing. It was so peaceful and beautiful.

Then, because of lack of time, instead of hiking up, I elected to take a mule, but had to wait 45 minutes for one. (I probably could have walked faster after all)

The lunch we were given was really good then it was time to come home.

I would have loved longer at the lagoon to take it all in and do everything without rushing - even if it meant missing the market. There are so many wonderful things to do and see in Ecuador that I guess it's impiossible to do everything at a leisurely pace!

I highly recommend this trip and Patricio the guide and the driver were great! :-)

12/08/2019
Sheree H
Sheree H

The view was amazing! The guide and bus driver were terrific. I was very lucky to have a great group of people on board and we had a ball with plenty to talk about, which made a very long bus ride worthwhile. We stopped for breakfast at 9.30 and the lunch was delicious at 2.30pm. Great trip!

05/03/2018
Desiree D
Desiree D

This tour was amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable, the tour was very well organized and overall was a great experience. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because the food was mediocre, however the service at the restaurant was very good. The waiter was very prompt and quickly brought out each course. It might be helpful to not that I'm also vegan no animal products and the cook was very accommodating. Would totally reccomend!

31/12/2017
Paul D
Paul D

The altitude is a big factor on this trip. If you have issues with altitude sickness, you won't be able to do this very easily. Nice places for a cup of hot chocolate or coffee at the top though.

24/11/2017
Ryan M
Ryan M

The view is worth it and the guide was really good - just a bit too pricey for what you get I would say.

23/08/2017
Mendel C
Mendel C

Quilotoa is absolutely beautiful as was the scenery on the trip there and back. We also stopped at a great local market, at a traditional indigenous house, and an overlook over a stunning valley. Each stop was excellent and served as nice appetizers for the main attraction of Quilotoa. Our guide was the incredibly informative and friendly, Adrian. Overall, it was a wonderful day!

10/08/2017
harrisonhove
harrisonhove

The Quilotoa daytrip was decent. Prepare yourself for a long day like 12 hours! The crater itself if gorgeous and it is a beautiful view. I just wish there was more to it. The hike down is nice. I decided to take the horse back up, which was 10. You could also kayak. I appreciated the other stops in the highlands with an Inca family and the market. Omar is a fantastic tour guide and shares so much great information about Ecuador. He is a fantastic guide.

19/03/2017
Victor
Victor

Um dos lugares mais incríveis que já conheci. Vale todo o esforço para subir de volta! Yeh!

02/02/2017
Jason A
Jason A

This is an excellent tour, but, it is physically very demanding. The coach takes you to the rim of the crater and you have to make your way down to the lake, is quite a difficult journey, as it is long and quite slippery, so, you need to exercise caution.
There are horses to take up and down, which is advisable, unless you are very well acclimatised to the altitude and very fit.
None of the passengers could make the walk back up to the rim without hiring horses.
But, aside from this, it is well worth a visit, as the scenery is beautiful.
The price is quite reasonable, as well and the guide was very good and helpful.

22/01/2017
Grazia M.
Grazia M.
This was an amazing tour! I truly enjoyed the entire trip. The guide was knowledgeable and shared very interesting and valuable information about Ecuador. I swam in the crater lake and it was fantastic! This was my first time in Ecuador and would definitely recommend this tour to visit a great place!
30/08/2016
aletrece
aletrece
Amazing tour filled with interesting experiences! Our guide, Omar, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He kept everyone engaged throughout the trip by explaining interesting facts about the volcanoes and towns we drove by. We first stopped in the small town of Saquisili to have breakfast. The food was amazing and cheap, and it was a great experience to walk through the market! After that, we headed to the Quilotoa crater lake. Once there we had the option of hiking down to the lake or stay at the top to see the view. My friends and I decided to hike down and it was extremely fun - you can enjoy awesome views of the lake as you hike! Omar had told us of a spot where we could swim, so we headed there. My friends took a dip and said that swimming in a crater lake was a unique experience. I rented a horse to go back up as the hike is very strenuous. Riding a horse as you enjoy views of the lake was great! We had lunch in a restaurant near the lake - the food was delicious and they provide vegetarian options. Our final stop was in an indigenous house in the mountain near the lake. Omar explained how they build their huts to keep warm and the different foods they grow. It was extremely interesting to see how this community lives. We headed back to Quito and as we drove we could see the amazing Cotopaxi volcano. Omar was nice enough to stop the bus for a few minutes so we could take pictures. Overall, it was an extremely fun tour with great food and unique experiences. I would definitely recommend it!
30/08/2016
Thomas W
Thomas W

Beautiful. Bring a swimsuit.

31/07/2016
Edwin J
Edwin J

Beautiful landscapes, great hike, tasty food, good guide

15/07/2016
Sue Z
Sue Z

Paid significantly more than fellow travelers who booked locally. Highlight was Quilotoa. Extra activities like visiting the market and traditional home was a real miss. Rather superficial encounter with traditional family, drop in drop out tourism, family asked for money for photos.

27/05/2016
Adam T
Adam T

A really great day. Extremely well organised tour and cheap for whats included. I did not expect to see so many additional things on this tour. Laguna Quilotoa was awesome also. Tour guide was good also.

17/04/2016
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