Quilotoa Day Tour

Quilotoa Day Tour

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The Quilotoa lake is inside a volcanic crater, its emerald-colored water impacts all its visitors. Because of the tranquility of its environment is very visited by people who practice meditation.

Without a doubt the Quilotoa Loop is one of the hidden gems of Ecuador, with arguably the best landscapes of the Andes, and fascinating indigenous culture too. The Quilotoa Loop tour drives you around the entire loop circuit, with stops at all points of interest.

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The Itinerary

  • 07:30 – Meet at meeting point in Quito in Carpedm officce
  • 09:30 – Explore Saquisili/Pujili (Thursday/Sunday)
  • 10:30 – Depart for Laguna Quilotoa
  • 13:30 – Lunch, begin descent into Laguna
  • 14:30 – Explore Laguna- optional kayaking
  • 15:30 – Return ascent to crater
  • 16:30 – Begin drive back to Quito
  • 19:00 – Arrival in Quito
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Trip Outline

This one-day cultural tour takes us to one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America, the amazing Laguna Quilotoa, and surrounding villages. On day trips that occur on Thursdays, we start our day with a visit to the a local market of Saquisilí. On Sundays, we visit the market in Pujili instead. Continuing our trip, we pass through the indigenous villages of the area which provide a fantastic chance to see the true Ecuador. When we arrive at the spectacular Quilotoa Crater Lake, we hike down to the Laguna and back up again in a stunning two-hour hike tour. Down there it is possible to go kayaking. Adventure lovers can practice kayaking at 3914 m (12.841.21 ft) and the more adventurous can swim in its cold waters.

It is also possible to hire mules for part of the trek. Paying special attention to the culture and rural life of indigenous Andean people, this Quilotoa day tour is a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of Ecuador.

  • Bilingual guide Spanish / English.
  • Tourist transport.
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Local entrance fees $ 2
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips
  • Snack
  • Kayak optional $3