Quilotoa, an emerald colored lake located inside a volcano crater, is one of the Andes’ gems. At 3800m, the lake is also a host to surrounding indigenous communities. The drive to Quilotoa passes through the Zumbahua canyon and various indigenous towns and farmlands.
Depending on the day, we will visit either the Saquisilí (Thursdays), or Pujilí (Sundays) indigenous markets so you can appreciate the contrast between these and those of the Imbabura province (Otavalo).
We then arrive at the Quilotoa National Park and begin our descent to the lake, you can hike back up or rent a mule to take you back up. After lunch we will visit Shalala, a community well known for their handicrafts.
Weather in Quilotoa is very unpredictable, so we recommend being prepared with warm and waterproof clothing (layers always help).
• Pick up at 7am in the New Town (Magic Bean Cafe)
• Pick up at 7:15am in the Old Town (Plaza San Blas)
• Leave towards Saquisili / Pujili / Indian markets (it depends on the day)
• Arrive to Quilotoa followed by trek around the crater
• Arrive to Tigua community
• Return towards Quito
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
All stops of great interest, incl. Indian market, a Shaman house, a gorge, and of course the lagoon itself. Path from crater rim down to lagoon however very sandy, and especially the way up again because of the sometimes deep sand very strenuous. Alternative: ride back by horse or donkey at some extra cost. Thank you, Patricio, you did a great job.
This trip is a packed day of adventure from Quito. Our tour guild "Alex" provided rich history, stories and legends during our time on the bus between destinations. The short stops along the way to Quilotoa were unforgettable and made the drive pass quickly. Quilotoa is an absolutely outstanding view and great exercise if you choose to descend to the bottom and hike back up. The hike up is no joke even if you are in shape, took 1 hour on foot with the option of horses for $10. Temperature varies from moment to moment - recommend layers, rain coat and sun protection. Trail is soft dirt/dust and air gets very dusty at times, hiked in running shoes that got dirty but were OK. Bring some change for bathroom fees (50c). The included lunch at a restaurant in Quilotoa was delicious. Overall this trip was perfectly run and provided a variety of experiences in one short day. Thank you Alex for a fabulous trip!! Great trip for a great price. 10/10 would recommend.
Great tour. Our guide, Marco, was very keen on explaining everything. Tough walk the one from the lagoon back up to the Viewpoint, if needed, horses are available.
We had a great time on this day trip to Quilotoa. It is an amazing place and our guide, Pedro, did a great job.
An Awsome tour and highly recommended !! Our tour guide Pedro an Patrico were amazing. They were courteous and professional. The stop to Indian market was so entertaining just to walk around and the lake was gorgeous !! Be prepared to walk a lot and be drained by the end of the trip but its worth it !!
Loved this day! Our guide was terrific and one of the best days of our entire trip!
Loved this tour! The walk down to the crater is fun but very challenging on the way up even for the fittest of people. Definitely do this tour. I recommend hiking shoes or boots for the extra foot grip.
This tour was amazing!
Breathtakingly beautiful! If you plan to walk down to the Laguna make sure you are physically fit and have acclimated to the climate. Definitely worth the trip for the view even if you don't hike down to the bottom. Mules are available for the trip back up for 10. Make sure you request a mule not a horse. Mules are more surefooted.