Pululahua Tours

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Only two craters in the world are inhabited—and Pululahua is one of them. Essentially a fog-filled, fertile bowl set 9,000 feet in the sky, Pululahua is the only crater in the world that’s also actively farmed. Though the area rarely ever receives rain, the rolling fog provides ample moisture for raising fields full of crops. Most people who visit, however, only make it as far as the overlooks, which are dotted along the crater rim and offer sweeping views of the basin. Those with a little more time, however, and a healthy dose of adventure, can hike, bike, or horseback ride the trails to the crater floor. Once here, walk amongst a rural setting that feels like it’s frozen in time. Gone are the urban trappings of Quito and the incessant hum of cars, which are replaced by the sounds of smiling farmers who still work the ground by hand. Aside from the trails, farmers, and fog, Pululahua is famously known for its ecological wealth. The crater is a geobotanical reserve with over 2,000 species of plants, and was the first place in South America preserved as a National Park. It’s even possible to sleep in the crater in simple, traditional hostels, and even if you can only spend 30 minutes admiring the view from the rim, this spot the Inca dubbed “cloud of water” is a site you’ll never forget.

Practical Info

Pululahua Crater is approximately 30 minutes from the streets of downtown Quito. The crater is accessible by bus or cab, as well as a number of guided tours that visit multiple sites in the area. For travel by bus, catch the bus to Mitad del Mundo and hire a taxi from there. Views of the crater are best in the morning before the clouds roll in, and remember to pace yourself when hiking to account for the high elevation.

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Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument

Enjoy a sampling of the natural, cultural and historical sights found around Quito during this comprehensive full-day tour. Take in gorgeous hilltop views of the city from Panecillo Hill and San Juan Mirador. You’ll also explore Quito’s historic city center by visiting several of its churches and colonial-era buildings. After lunch experience life on both sides of the earth’s equator at the Middle of the World monument before finishing your day with the amazing landscapes of Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Your comprehensive Quito trip also includes a guide, some site entrance fees and an optional private tour upgrade.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Equator Line and Pululahua Crater Private Half Day Tour

The Equator line and the Pululahua Crater are two of the most visited attractions around Quito. This private half-day tour combines both, with a visit to the Intiñan Equator Museum, followed by a scenic tour of Pululahua. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Mitad del Mundo Tour

Hop aboard Quito's only double-decker bus and make your way to Mitad del Mundo for this 7-hour tour of the equator. You'll stop at Pululahua for stunning crater views, and enjoy VIP access to the Middle of the World Monument, where you can straddle two hemispheres. This tour runs daily and includes a private bilingual guide.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Day Tour: Quito Historical Center, Equator Line and Pululahua Crater

Maximise your time in Quito with a private full-day tour that checks off three of the capital’s most popular attractions. Take in the highlights of the UNESCO-listed historic center, walk along the Equator Line at the Intiñan museum; then marvel at the views from the Pululahua crater. Tour includes lunch, hotel pickup, and all activities.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Full-Day Middle of the World Monument Tour from Quito

When the French Geodesic Mission surveyed the equator in 1739, they declared the spot of this monument outside Qutio as the Middle of the World. With this full-day tour from Quito, enjoy a day away from the city as you visit the Middle of the World monument, as well as the real Latitude Zero 787 feet away. You’ll have time to visit the Ethnographic Museum and the Inti Nan Museum.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Equator Line Including 3-Hours Horseback Ride in Pululahua Volcano

Escape the city on this memorable adventure that includes stops at two of Ecuador's incredible volcanoes. Enjoy an exciting 3-hour horseback ride across the Pululahua Crater and head to the Mital del Mundo complex located at the equator. Learn the history of local tribes and how they cultivate the volcanic land. This thrilling outdoor excursion is perfect for first time visitors looking to make the most of their time in Quito. Upgrade your tour an indulge in lunch with panoramic views over the valley and cloud forest. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Quito Combo Tour: Middle of the World Monument and Pululahua Volcano Hike

Experience the incredible geography and scenery of Ecuador during this full-day trip covering Pululahua National Park and the country’s ‘Middle of the World’ equator monument. Start your excursion by straddling both the north and south hemispheres at the ‘Mitad del Mundo’ site marking the earth’s equator. Then head to Pululahua, a geo-botanical reserve inside a dormant volcano where you can observe more than 50 species of exotic plants and more than 20 different types of animals. This trip also covers a guide, activities, entrance fees, bottled water, round-trip hotel transport and an optional lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Mitad del Mundo and Teleferico Tour in Quito

Journey to the Middle of the World on this memorable tour that stops at the Pululahua Crater, Intinan Museum and more. You'll learn about local customs and traditions from a friendly guide and capture panoramic city views of stunning Quito from atop Teleferico.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Middle of the World and Pululahua Horseback-Riding Tour

Visit two Ecuadorian attractions in one day on this 9-hour combo tour from Quito. First head to the 'Middle of the World,' or 'Mitad del Mundo' in Spanish, to learn a bit about local culture. Then take a horseback ride through the Pululahua Crater to discover its lush landscape, which makes it one of the only calderas in the world where inhabitants farm. Equipment and lunch are included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Pululahua Crater Horseback-Riding Tour

Take a horseback ride on the Pululahua Crater during this 8-hour tour from Quito. Following a guide, you'll cross the ancient caldera, leftover from Pululahua's eruption 2,500 years ago, to explore its fertile green landscape. Equipment and lunch are provided.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Cultural Historical Culinary and Food Market Tour in Quito

Explore Ecuador’s food, history, and culture on this all-day tour with a private guide. Customize your itinerary to suit your interests and enjoy a convenient, hassle-free hotel pickup. Options include a visit to Quito’s traditional food and medicine market, an enriching and delicious cooking class, and trip to the “Middle of the World City,” where the Southern and Northern hemispheres meet.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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USD116.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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5-Day Private Tour Amazon and Andes Adventure

Enjoy the ultimate personalized adventure in Ecuador as you explore both its rugged Andes region and exotic Amazon on this 5-day private tour. Enjoy stunning scenery covering everything from sky-high volcanoes to dense jungle, spotting exotic wildlife and visiting indigenous communities to get a taste for daily life. You’ll also participate in fun outdoor activities like horseback riding, rafting and more. Best of all, this private tour is easily customized to fit your specific interests and schedule. This private Ecuador excursion includes a private guide and vehicle, tourist- and tourist superior-class accommodations, meals, all activities and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 7 days
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  • Duration: 7 days
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9-Day Andes Highlights and Upper Amazon Basin Adventure

This 9 day adventure package brings you from the highest snow caped active volcano Cotopaxi into the Jungle of the Tena Area. Experience the indigenous life on the Otavalo market and wander around in the Cotopaxi National Park. Challenge yourself with the steep hike up from the Quilotoa Lagoon and enjoy yourself in the tranquil town of Baños de Agua Santa. Stay two nights in the mysterious Ecuadorian rain forest. Admire the animals in their habitat. For a quick change stop at the Termas de Papallacta and enjoy Spa treatments or walk around the natural reserves in the area
  • Duration: 9 days
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  • Duration: 9 days
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15 Days Classic Highlights Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

This 15-day tour of Ecuador lets you hit the country's essential sights as well as get off the beaten track without planning a thing. Visit highlights in each of Ecuador's diverse regions: the Amazon, the Andes, and the Galapagos—all activities, meals, transportation, and accommodation are included as described in the itinerary to ensure a great trip.
  • Duration: 14 days
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USD3,038.00
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  • Duration: 14 days
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