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$65 Day Trips & Excursions

Quilotoa Lagoon and Indian Markets in One Day from Quito

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).Itinerary • 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 • Lunch • Arrive to Tigua community • Return towards Quito

$70 Day Trips & Excursions

Quilotoa Tour Full Day

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Laguna QuilotoaOn the southbound road you would be admiring the beautiful Andean landscape until we arrive at the Quilotoa area where our first stop will be at the “Shalalá” lookout. We can marvel at the beauty of the Quilotoa Lagoon with its incredible turquoise waters, from a transparent structure built as a lookout. We will descend towards the lagoon where we will have some free time to visit it and walk around. The path to ascend communicates us with the community lookout (the ascend is a bit tough, so that it is recommended to go up on a mule for people who do not count with a good physical condition). After your lunch break, we will head back by an artisan workshop in Tigua, famous for its picturesque paintings, and finally we will visit the Toachi Canyon lookout. Return to Quito.Duration: 6 hours

$210 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Cotopaxi and Quilotoa Shared Tour

STARTING THURSDAY DAY 1 / THURSDAY: Departure from Quito to the Cotopaxi National Park. You will visit the Limpiopungo lagoon, it is located in the slops of the volcano. In this place we will stay to enjoy the landscape and take beautiful pictures of the volcano and the lagoon. We will visit the "Mariscal Sucre" Interpretation Center and we will do a trekking to the "José Rivas Refuge" (4864 msnm). Leaving the Cotopaxi National Park we will have a touristic lunch included and you will spend the night in the Hacienda (Shared bedroom). DAY 2 / FRIDAY: After breakfast you will start the way to Quilotoa's area. Our first stop will be in the Shalala viewpoint, that is recognized for its transparent structure, from which you can admire que beautiful Quilotoa lagoon with its incredible turquoise waters. After you will visit the community viewpoint, from this point we will descend towards the lagoon. There you will have free time to visit it. We will make the return (this is a strong walk, so if you are not in good shape, we recommend to climb on a mule $10 per person, you can pay it in cash to the community people). You will have an included lunch. We will take our way back through a Tigua craft workshop famous for its colorful pictures and visit the Toachi's Cañon. Return to Quito.  STARTING FRIDAY DAY 1 / FRIDAY: Departure from Quito to take the south route, after admiring the beautiful Andean landscape, we will arrive to the Quilotoa area. Our firts stop wil be in the Shalala viewpoint, that is recognized for its transparent structure, from which you can admire que beautiful Quilotoa lagoon with its incredible turquoise waters. After you will visit the community viewpoint, from this point we will descend towards the lagoon. There you will have free time to visit it. We will make the return (this is a strong walk, so if you are not in good shape, we recommend to climb on a mule $10 per person, you can pay it in cash to the community people). You will have an included lunch. We will take our way back through a Tigua craft workshop famous for its colorful pictures and visit the Toachi's Cañon. Finally you will arrive to the Hacienda to spend the night (shared bedroom).  DAY 2 / SATURDAY: After breakfast you will go to the Cotopaxi National Park. You will visit the Limpiopungo lagoon, it is located in the slops of the volcano. In this place we will stay to enjoy the landscape and take beautiful pictures of the volcano and the lagoon. We will visit the "Mariscal Sucre" Interpretation Center and we will do a trekking to the "José Rivas Refuge" (4864 msnm). Leaving the Cotopaxi National Park we will have a touristic lunch included and return to Quito.

$1200 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Cherish The Avenue of the Volcanoes from Quito

DAY 1: TRANSFER INTransfer from the airport to Inraki lodge. DAY 2: QUITO-INSILIVIDrive to the Guingopana Pass and experience uninhibited views of the surrounding volcanoes and the Toachi canyon. Hike around 3 hours down to the village of Isinlivi. Here you'll have time to walk around in a picturesque small village. Lodging will be at Llullu Llama lodge. DAY 3: TREK INSILIVI TO CHUGCHILANToday, you'll have the opportunity to experience the lives of the local people and traverse Andean landscapes of great beauty. It is a comfortable trek going up-and-down, walking and crossing hamlets and cultivated valleys along Tocahi River. Descend to the canyon again and from here you'll climb uphill about 2 miles until you reach Chugchilan town. This small town has both mestizo and indigenous population and is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. Lodging will be at Black Sheep Inn. Hiking time: 4-5 hoursMeals: breakfast, lunch, dinnerDAY 4: TREK CHUGCHILAN TO QUILOTOAStart our hike up to the Quilotoa loop. We'll descen to the Toachi River and follow this up stream. You'll slowly climb up the canyon, crossing the Rio Sigui Canyon to arrive to Guayama town where there is a chance to have a short siesta. Continue hiking up through Andean crops and local houses, after this exertion you will find your reward as we reach the loop of the lake. Once you are here, you'll have a chance to take pictures of this volcanic crater filled by a beautiful emerald lake. Lodging will at Shalala community lodge.Hiking time: 5-6 hoursMeals: breakfast, lunch, dinnerDAY 5: TREK QUILOTOA TO TIGUA VALLEYToday prepare yourselves for a 5-6 hour hike to Tigua Valley. First you will walk by the crater edge with impressive views of the lagoon inside, until you descend into the canyon again. Passing through the fields of small private farms, we will end our trek at the local hacienda at Tigua where lunch will be served. Finally you will be picked up by your transportation to go to the Wyndham airport hotel. Hiking time: 4-5 hoursMeals: breakfast, lunch, dinnerDAY 6: TRANSFER OUTThe operators will take you to the airport to catch your flight back home. Meals: breakfast

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