Welcome to Latacunga

Many travelers end up passing through Latacunga to access either the Quilotoa Loop, the Thursday morning market in Saquisilí or Parque Nacional Cotopaxi. But for those who stick around, Latacunga also offers a quiet and congenial historic center that has partially survived several Cotopaxi eruptions. You’d never know that such a charming city lies behind the loud and polluted section that greets visitors on the... Read More

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$98 Day Trips & Excursions

Quilotoa Lagoon Private Day Trip from Quito

Your full-day tour begins with early morning pickup from your hotel/accommodation in Quito. You will drive south of Quito through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and pass through the towns of Latacunga and Pujilí.You will stop and visit an indigenous local house from the “Paramos” and observe their traditions and way of life. Enter their home, made of straw and enjoy time interacting with them. You will learn about their life and how they prepare the soil to sow. After your visit, head to the town of Tigua, famous for its native paintings. Continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater. You will also be able to enjoy an unforgettable experience by mule back riding. Enjoy lunch (if option selected) and stand in awe at the most beautiful landscapes in the highlands and traditional indigenous villages.Finally, you will return to Quito to be dropped-off at your hotel. Note: On Thursdays, Saquisilí Indigenous Market

$294 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private tour: 2-Day Quilotoa and Baños from Quito

Day 1: Quito - Quilotoa LagoonA day tour starts by heading south of Quito and driving through the Avenue of the Volcanoes passing through by the towns of Latacunga and Pujilí. On the way to Quilotoa we will stop to visit and indigenous local house from the “Paramos”, we will observe their clothes and customs, but the most important thing is that we are going to be with them in a typical indigenous house made of straw. We will sharing with them a short moment talking, watching and learning from them, about their life and how they prepare the soil to sow.We will also visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. We will continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater. Prepare yourself to enjoy an unforgettable experience by mule back riding! Enjoy of the most beautiful landscape in the highlands and traditional indigenous villages! Overnight in BañosDay 2: Baños - QuitoAfter breakfast, we’ll take a walk to Agoyan Pailón del Diablo and Manto de la Novia waterfalls where it is possible to take a cable car down near the waterfall and Casa del Árbol to have a spectacular view of Baños. Lunch and return to QuitoTourist Class option includes: 2 menu lunch and breakfast Accommodation in Hotel La Floresta or similar Entrance fee in Quilotoa, Pailón del Diablo, Manto de la Novia and Casa del árbol Private transportation from/to Quito Certified driver/guide Excursions First Class Option includes: 2 menu lunch, dinner and breakfast Accommodation in Luna Runtun Spa Entrance fee in Quilotoa, Pailón del Diablo, Manto de la Novia and Casa del árbol Private transportation from/to Quito Certified driver/guide Excursions

$219 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip to Quilotoa Lagoon and Markets from Quito

Join this full-day tour to Quilotoa and local market departing at time 7:00am from your hotel.This full day cultural tour begins with a visit to local indigenous market at either Saquisilli (Thursdays only) or Pujili (Sundays only).A small market town located only a few miles away from Latacunga and the Quito-Ambato highway.Pujili is a small town with a rich culture and history. Most of the inhabitants of Pujili are indigenous and the best time to see native customs and clothing are the market days: Wednesdays and Sundays. Men and women from surrounding villages will pack up their llamas and donkeys early in the morning in order to come to the market and sell their extra produce for whatever money they can make.The trip through the villages of the area provide a fantastic chance to see one of the most authentic parts of the country. Before lunch we visit a local indigenous home where you have the opportunity to interact with the locals. Then we will visit the community of Tigua, a well-known place for its handicrafts. From here we will continue our trip towards the volcano Quilotoa.The drive to Laguna Quilotoa, an amazing emerald lagoon inside a volcano crater at the height of approximately 3,800m, displays a beautiful view of the Andean mountains, passing the ancient canyon of Zumbahua and many indigenous towns and farmlands. Then we will walk 2-hour round the crater rim or hiking down the crater. Return option from the lake to the Rim by mule (Optional) Arrival in Quito at approximately 6:30pm.

$498 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Quilotoa Hiking Tour Including Local Communi

Day 1 (L)After hotel pickup early in the morning, you will board a vehicle at about 7:30am and head to Quilotoa. You will drive south of Quito through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and pass by the towns of Latacunga and Pujilí. On the way, you will stop to visit an indigenous local house from the “Paramos”. Here, you will observe their clothes and customs, but most importantly you will visit their typical indigenous house made of straw. Share some moments with them, talking, watching and learning about their life and how they prepare the soil to sow. Then, you will head to visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. Continue the drive up to Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater for 3 hours. Prepare yourself to enjoy an unforgettable experience by mule back riding! Enjoy of the most beautiful landscape in the highlands and traditional indigenous villages. Accommodation in Quilotoa at a local lodge.Day 2: (B) (L) You will leave the Quilotoa Crater after breakfast to hike down and up to Chugchilan. It is a 5 to 6 hours hike, going up to between 12,796 feet (3,900 meters) and 10,499 feet (3,200 meters). You will cross the Rio Toachi Canyon and then head back up to get to the road that takes you to Chugchilan. During this 5-hour hike, you will have excellent views on the Toachi Canyon, and you will get good impressions what life is like on the countryside in the Andes. Accommodation in Chugchilan at a local lodge.Day 3: (B) (L)After breakfast, you leave with your guide towards Isinlivi, the next village on your trip. Enjoy a 4-hour hike going down into the warm canyon of Rio Toachi and relaxing at the riverbed before going the last meters up to Isinlivi. During the hike, you will descend 400 meters with an ascent of 300 meters, covering a distance of 7 miles (12 kilometers). Enjoy lunch and then return to Quito.