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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 Cultural & Theme Tours

Quilotoa full day tour from Quito with lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Mirador Shalala, Quilotoa, Cotopaxi ProvinceOn 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. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi ProvinceAfter we will go to the community lookout, from here we will descend towards the lagoon where we will have some free time to visit it and walk around. 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 (You can rent a mule to people of community directly $10 per person aprox. After your lunch break, we will head back by an artisan workshop in Tigua, famous for its picturesque paintings.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Canon del Rio Toachi, Pujili, Cotopaxi ProvinceFinally we will visit the Toachi Canyon lookout. Return to Quito.Duration: 15 minutes

$210 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cotopaxi and Quilotoa two days shared tour from Quito

ItineraryDay 1: QUITO - COTOPAXIStop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi ProvinceDepart from Quito to the Cotopaxi National Park. Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Laguna de Limpiopungo, Latacunga, Cotopaxi ProvinceVisit the Limpiopungo lagoon in the slopes of the volcano. Stay to enjoy the landscape and take beautiful pictures of the volcano and the lagoon. Visit the Mariscal Sucre Interpretation Center Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Cotopaxi Volcano, Tanicuchi, Cotopaxi ProvinceTake a trek to the José Rivas Refuge. Leaving the Cotopaxi National Park, savor lunch and spend the night in the Hacienda.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Bed in a shared mixed room (bunk beds) with share bathroom and locker for your things. Day 2: COTOPAXI - QUILOTOA - QUITOStop At: Mirador Shalala, Quilotoa, Cotopaxi ProvinceAfter breakfast, head through the Andean landscape to the Quilotoa area. Stop at the Shalala viewpoint, recognized for its transparent structure, and admire the beautiful Quilotoa lagoon with its incredible turquoise waters. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi ProvinceVisit the community viewpoint.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Sendero al Fondo del Crater, Quilotoa, Cotopaxi ProvinceStart to descend towards the lagoon. Take some free time to explore the area. Start the return, a strong walk. Make a stop for lunch. Make your way back through a Tigua craft workshop, famous for its colorful pictures.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Canon del Rio Toachi, Pujili, Cotopaxi ProvinceVisit the Toachi's river canyon before you return to Quito.Duration: 15 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$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

$65 Day Trips & Excursions

QUILOTOA TOUR FULL DAY WITH LUNCH

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi ProvinceVisit To The Viewpoints Of Shalala And Quilotoa: The beginning of the lagoon of Quilotoa is Shalala viewpoint, a space built in 2014, with sustainable materials, that allows to contemplate the beauty of nature from 3900 meters above sea level. This is a project of the community, which was supported by the Ministry of Tourism. Its design was a winner of the second place of the 2015 Work of the Year Award. The attraction is also a resting place, which has three cabins (one for disabled people) and a restaurant offering a panoramic view of the crater.Hike And Visit To The Quilotoa Lagoon: The crater of the dormant volcano forms a bowl that collects the azure waters of the lagoon. Its color is due to the accumulation of sulfur. According to legend, this was the scene of the battle between the Quilotoa gods who lived on the surface and Toachi, who was under the lake, because that aroused envy the ability of the first to reflect the color of the sky. This natural attraction is 15 kilometers away from the town of Zumbahua and is characterized by the icy winds that run the place.Visit To The Artisan Workshop In The Community Of Tigua: Color is the protagonist of the stories that narrate the crafts of Tigua, works that are manufactured by the community of the same name. These paintings bear geometric and figurative forms, typical of the pre-Columbian and colonial times respectively. The traces expose the passage of time, which is an important element of the Andean worldview. Most are masks made of pine wood and paintings created on sheep skin, which tell experiences of everyday life.Duration: 6 hours

$215 Day Trips & Excursions

COTOPAXI AND QUILOTOA IN TWO DAYS SHARED TOUR

ItineraryDay 1: QUITO - COTOPAXI Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi ProvinceOn the border of the province of Pichincha, there is the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological reserve that combines the landscape of the Andean páramo, volcanic soil and the lagoon that emerge from the snow-capped mountains. Its main attraction is the volcano that bears its name which in Spanish means 'moon neck' given because of the conical shape of the crater. The elevation of the volcano is of 5,897 meters above sea level and is the second highest in the country. Visitors can discover different species of plants and animals like: wolves, rabbits, condors, and among others that live in that territory. Visit The Interpretation Center: All information about the Cotopaxi National Park is available at the Interpretation Center, or better known as the Park Museum. The Center has showrooms, a souvenir shop and a coffee shop. It is located inside Mariscal Sucre Station (or Control Caspi entrance). Walk To The José Rivas Refuge (4864 Masl): Since the 70s, this refuge has been a welcoming place for professional mountaineers and amateurs coming to visit the Cotopaxi Volcano. Its name is in honor of the priest José Ribas who built it with the Mountaineering Club of San Gabriel High School. This place is located on the slopes of the volcano and an hour's walk from the parking lot.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Bed in a mixed dormitory room (bunk beds) with shared bathroom and lockers for your thingsDay 2: COTOPAXI - QUILOTOA - QUITOStop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi ProvinceVisit to the viewpoints of Shalala and Quilotoa: The beginning of the lagoon of Quilotoa is Shalala viewpoint, a space built in 2014, with sustainable materials, that allows to contemplate the beauty of nature from 3900 meters above sea level. This is a project of the community, which was supported by the Ministry of Tourism. Its design was a winner of the second place of the 2015 Work of the Year Award. Hike and visit to the Quilotoa Lagoon: The crater of the dormant volcano forms a bowl that collects the azure waters of the lagoon. Its color is due to the accumulation of sulfur. According to legend, this was the scene of the battle between the Quilotoa gods who lived on the surface and Toachi, who was under the lake, because that aroused envy the ability of the first to reflect the color of the sky. This natural attraction is 15 kilometers away from the town of Zumbahua and is characterized by the icy winds that run the place. Visit to the artisan workshop in the community Of Tigua: Color is the protagonist of the stories that narrate the crafts of Tigua, works that are manufactured by the community of the same name. These paintings bear geometric and figurative forms, typical of the pre-Columbian and colonial times respectively. The traces expose the passage of time, which is an important element of the Andean worldview. Most are masks made of pine wood and paintings created on sheep skin, which tell experiences of everyday life.Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

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