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$61 Cultural & Theme Tours

Quito to Quilotoa Lake Full-Day Hiking Tour with Transport

Start your day with a visit to the famous local market of Saquisilí. On Sundays, when the market is closed, you'll visit the first missionary church in Ecuador, located in Pujili. Continuing on, you'll pass through the indigenous villages of the area which provide a fantastic chance to witness true Ecuadorian culture.Arriving at the spectacular Laguna Quilotoa, you'll hike down to the Laguna and back in a stunning 45 min hike down and 1-hour hike up. It is possible to hire mules for part of the trek. Paying special attention to the culture and rural life of indigenous Andean people, this trip is a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of Ecuador in all of its forms.

$238 Day Trips & Excursions

Quito to Cotopaxi Private Full-Day Tour Including Transport

We pick you up in the comfort of your hotel, in this tour you will discover the Cotopaxi Volcano as main attraction, in the morning we will visit one local Indigenous Market if there is an indigenous fair, in Pujilí on Wednesday and Sunday, in Saquisili on Thursday, but if you prefer the hiking we can go directly to Cotopaxi National Park. Here there is also a museum Mariscal Sucre, there is a short hike where you can learn about fauna and flora species of this ecosystem. In the National Park you can hike to the refuge José Rivas 4.864 masl. ( 15.958 feet ) Here inside the refuge you can have a snack or hot chocolate ( not included ) to recover energies. Remember our guide will be with you in all the moment, this trekking takes 1 hour to 1 hour and a half. After the visit to the refuge, you will visit the Limpiopungo Lagoon under the Rumiñahui volcano, here you will find a flat path around the lagoon where you can observe some birds, and other volcanos like Sincholawa. This is a short hike. It is recommendable that you bring with you some snacks, it is a full day inside the park.It is important to bring warm clothes and raincoats, or extra clothes, weather conditions may change without advise. * Time is approximate everything depends on weather conditions, traffic and other issues

$250 Outdoor Activities

Hiking the Quilotoa loop and more

Quilotoa is a volcano with a lake inside. The lagoon is an emerald which gases are coming out.It is possible to walk down from the summit crater towards the lagoon where you can practice some water sports.It is suggested to walk down and climb on horseback.If you want We can do the Quilotoa loop, it takes 1, 2 or 3 days depending your shape.Its population is dedicated to tourism; they are organized so that everyone can get some of the money working in tourism.It is a population that is also working on their land primarily cultivating chochos, quinoa, barley, wheat. Animals such as pigs, sheep, llamas, chickens, rabbits. Pick Up from your hotelStop in Saquisili market if the Tour is on ThursdayQuilotoa VolcanoWalking TourBack to Quito

$193 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Tour of Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa Lagoon with hotel

Day 1: Quito to Cotopaxi Volcano Meet at 6:45am with the guide and the group at the designated meeting point in Quito. At 7am we leave by car driving south of Quito for approx. 1.5-hour through the Pan-American highway aka. Avenue of the Volcanoes. We'll then reach the park entrance of Cotopaxi National Park and the get ready to enjoy a fresh Andean-style breakfast. Drive through pine forest and soon reach the Interpretation Center Mariscal and get to know the volcano and its unique fauna and flora. Afterwards, and depending on the physical abilities of the group, drive towards Limpiopungo Lake located at 3.800 m or Rinconada camping zone, to enjoy a hike around this stunning environment to observe birds and the magnificent view of Cotopaxi Volcano Get your helmets, gloves on and begin your bike adventure. Bike on dirt roads through volcanic ash and a tundra landscape for about 7 kilometers until the North gate of the Park and continue along the Paramo landscape until reaching the main entrance of the park. 10 km. approx. - ride on paved road). Cross the main gate and bike along a short pine forest single trek to reach the main road (optional). A stop between activities will give us time to enjoy a well-deserved lunch to regain strength.   Say goodbye to the volcano and get in the van again to drive back. Drop-off at Chuquiragua Lodge in Machachi. Day 2: Machachi to Quilotoa Lagoon Pick-up form Chuquiragua Hotel. The first stop will be Latacunga City at Cotopaxi Province. From this point, head west for a 1-hour drive through the unforgettable Andean scenery towards the village of Quilotoa. Visit a local town and get in contact with the Andean culture (either Saquisilí or Pujilí). Get the chance to mix with the rich Andean culture of the local community that inhabits the surrounding area by visiting either Saquisil, Pujili or Zimbahua Indian markets (depends on the day).  The lovely town of Zimbahua comes right before we start hiking down towards the turquoise colored Quilotoa Lagoon. Trek around this natural wonder of water holding strong minerals, formed by the collapsed volcanic caldera. From the rim hike down towards the banks of the lagoon and then climb back up. Have lunch at a local restaurant and then stop at the small town Tigua (famous for the Tigua art - paintings made with chicken feather brushes over sheep hide canvas - a celebration of the mountain life, the festivals, the legends, and traditions of the area). In the late afternoon, head back to Quito. NOTE: This is a sample itinerary. Please keep in mind that due to the nature of this tour and the given that Cotopaxi is an active volcano, this itinerary may vary.  

$72 Day Trips & Excursions

Quito to Quilotoa Lagoon Full-Day Hiking Trip Including Lunch

Early in the morning, the trip starts by driving 89 km south from Quito through the Panamericana Hwy. aka “The Avenue of the Volcanoes”. The first stop will be Latacunga City at Cotopaxi Province. From this point, head west for a 1-hour drive through the unforgettable Andean scenery towards the village of Quilotoa.Visit a local town and get in contact with the Andean culture (either Saquisilí or Pujilí). Get the chance to mix with the rich Andean culture of the local community that inhabits the surrounding area by visiting either Saquisil, Pujili or Zimbahua Indian markets (depends on the day). The lovely town of Zimbahua comes right before we start hiking down towards the turquoise colored Quilotoa Lagoon. Trek around this natural wonder of water holding strong minerals, formed by the collapsed volcanic caldera. From the rim hike down towards the banks of the lagoon and then climb back up.Have lunch at a local restaurant and then stop at the small town Tigua (famous for the Tigua art - paintings made with chicken feather brushes over sheep hide canvas - a celebration of the mountain life, the festivals, the legends, and traditions of the area). In the late afternoon, head back to Quito.ClimateThe weather in the area of the Quilotoa Lagoon is unpredictable so please bring warm and waterproof clothing. Quilotoa is located at 3,800 masl and the temperatures usually hovers around the 12°so we recommend acclimatizing at least one day prior to this trip. Please don’t make this excursion you first right after arriving Ecuador. The hike is easy and you need no climbing expertise, however, we do recommend to climb back up from the lagoon on a mule or horse (cost not included in the price of the tour). Swimming in the lagoon is not recommended.* IMPORTANT NOTE:  For Thursdays and Sundays (open departures), meet wtih your guide and fellow travellers at 6:45am at the centrally located meeting point at Mariscal Barrio.For Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat departures, the guide will pick you up at the your hotel in Quito around 8:00 - 8:30am. 

$85.16 Private & Custom Tours

Quilotoa Private Day Tour

This one-day cultural tour will take you to one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America, the amazing “Laguna Quilotoa”, together with its surrounding villages. The first stop on this tour is at the breathtaking Cañón del Río Toachi. This is a very photogenic canyon, on your route to Quilotoa. On day trips that we operate on Thursday’s, you will start your day with a visit to the famous local market of Saquisilí. On Thursdays you will visit a local market in Pujili and on other days, when there are no markets the guide will try to find other spots with locals. Your guide will ask you in the morning if you would like to go to the indigenous family. Continuing your trip, you will pass through the indigenous villages of the area, which provide a fantastic chance to see the TRUE ECUADOR. When you have arrived at the spectacular Laguna Quilotoa, you will hike down to the Laguna and back up again, in a stunning two-hour hike tour. It is possible to hire mules for part of the trek. This trip is a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of Ecuador in all of its forms, because of the special attention that will be paid to the culture and rural life of indigenous Andean people. Note: All hours are approximate, except for the starting time. Schedule Itinerary07:00: Hotel pick up in Quito and start driving South into the Volcano Avenue09:30: Explore Saquisili/Pujili (Thursday/Sunday) and visit a native family13:00: Begin descent to the Quilotoa lake14:00: Explore the Laguna shore14:30: Begin ascent to the Laguna viewpoint (optional mules rent $10)15:30: Lunch16:30: Arrive to the Tigua community19:00: Approximate return to Quito

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