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Quilotoa Lagoon Tours

Quilotoa, a village and a lake with the same name, is an increasingly popular tourist destination in Ecuador. Located southwest of Quito, it makes for a pleasant trip past the indigenous villages that populate the countryside.

Quilotoa Lagoon was formed by the collapse of a now-extinct volcano. The resulting crater is filled with a breathtaking emerald-green lake, the color resulting from volcanic minerals.

Walking paths meander up and down along the crater, and the complete walk around the rim takes approximately four hours. It’s also possible to descend from the rim of the crater to the lake below, which takes about 30 minutes, although to get back up takes about an hour. You can also hire a mule for $5 for the trip back up.

There are buses that take visitors directly to the lagoon, but the area can also be accessed by foot from nearby towns. This trip is also an excellent opportunity for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Passing the green valleys, high mountains, deep canyons and cultivated fields is a delight to the eyes. The small villages where people still tend their own farmland are charming to explore.

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Quilotoa is located in Cotopaxi province.

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2 Day Cotopaxi Volcano & Quilotoa Lagoon Overnight Excursion from Quito, Quito, null
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2 Day Cotopaxi Volcano & Quilotoa Lagoon Overnight Excursion from Quito

This 2 day adventure package brings you from the most active volcano in Ecuador to the only one emerald sparkling lake in the mountains. Travel along the ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $268.00
Quilotoa Lagoon Day Trip from Quito, Quito, Overnight Tours
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Quilotoa Lagoon Day Trip from Quito

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Enjoy a full day tour to the Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito. Admire the spectacular view of the Avenue of Volcanoes and the Ecuadorian Andes along the way. Learn ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.00
Private Day Trip to Quilotoa Lagoon and Markets from Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Private Day Trip to Quilotoa Lagoon and Markets from Quito

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Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3 kilometers (2 mi)-wide caldera was formed by the collapse of ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $219.00
Quilotoa Lagoon and Indian Markets in One Day from Quito, Quito, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Quilotoa Lagoon and Indian Markets in One Day from Quito

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With this day tour you get the opportunity to visit the breathtaking Quilotoa Crater lake, located about 2.5 hours south of Quito this emerald colored lake is ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito

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This one-day Ecuadorian cultural tour takes you to one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America, the amazing Laguna Quilotoa, and its ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.00
Quilotoa Day Trip from Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Quilotoa Day Trip from Quito

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Explore the real Andean Ecuador on this one-day cultural tour takes you to one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America. Visit the amazing ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.50
Hiking Day-Trip to Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Hiking Day-Trip to Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito

Quilotoa loop tour takes you for a full-day trip to hike in Quilotao Lagoon and its surrounding areas. Visit Saquisilí, Zumbahua and Tigua Villages. Drive ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.00
Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito

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This one day cultural tour takes you to one of the most beautiful lagoon in Ecuador and in South America, the amazing “Laguna Quilotoa”. The Quilotoa ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $70.87
Private Quilotoa Lagoon Tour from Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Private Quilotoa Lagoon Tour from Quito

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We will start early in the morning to get to the lagoon of Quilotoa, an old water-filled caldera of volcanic origin whose water is transparent just like glass .

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $298.00
Private Full-Day Tour to Quilotoa Crater Lake from Quito, Quito, Private Day Trips
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Private Full-Day Tour to Quilotoa Crater Lake from Quito

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Quilotoa, this volcano and it’s lagoon is hidden on western Andes Mountains, in the way you will pass through spectacular highlands landscapes,  you will ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.00

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