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Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito

Quito, Ecuador
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Journey to the beautiful Quilotoa volcano, driving through stunning mountain scenery and stopping to visit local Andean communities, during this day trip from Quito. Travel along the spectacular ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ passing beneath its towering peaks, eventually stopping at a village of the Paramos community, to explore a local home and learn about their daily life. Finish your day with a trip to the lagoon inside Quilotoa volcano and a mule-riding adventure near its beautiful crater. This Quilotoa day trip includes a guide, entrance fees, round-trip hotel transport, and an optional lunch upgrade.
  • Take a day trip to Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito
  • Drive along the Avenue of Volcanoes, passing beneath its towering peaks
  • Interact with the Paramos indigenous community and learn about their way of life
  • Explore the surreal environment of Quilotoa Lagoon and enjoy a mule-riding adventure
  • Choose an optional upgrade to include lunch

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Excellent tour
, Aug 2019
Diego was our tour guide on this tour and on the tour to Mindo forest. He is a great guide who tries to tailor the tour to your interests. He was very punctual. Very satisfied.
Very good activity
Patrice L
, Jul 2019
The weather cleared just in time for going down to the laguna. Very good visit to a local family. The guide was knowledgable about culture and volcanos.
Really interesting
Jane H
, Jun 2019
Beautiful countryside on the drive. Interesting to see the traditional farm. View of the lake was spectacular, the walk down was precipitous and should mot be taken if you have dodgy knees. Altitude is high so walking back might be difficult. Mule/horse available. Include lunch on the tour; it was excellent. A long day, but our driver and guide were excellent.
Great variety and insights learned
Grant D
, Apr 2019
A full day that covers many bases; helped enormously by Diego’s great commentary and context. The lagoon was the highlight but so many other surprises along the way. Well worth it.
my review
Al K
, Mar 2019
Oscar was a great guide. We really enjoyed tour and the Quilatoa Lagoon was amazing! Oscar even made a special stop for us.
We booked this tour while we were in...
david r
, Dec 2017
We booked this tour while we were in Quito, a spur of the moment choice, we were concerned about the duration. What we found, however, was that the scenery on the drive was fascinating, the stop off to meet an Andean Indian family was most interesting too. When we arrived at Quilotoa our guide, Daniel, who was excellent, had us close our eyes and make our way to the overlook then open them to get the full effect of the view, which was amazing. The trail down to the crater lake is strenuous so I opted to ride down on a mule, and back up on a horse, both quite exciting and cost 10 each way. I have to say the excursion was one of the high spots of our visit to the Beautiful country of Ecuador
More than expected, thanks to our...
Carl M
, Oct 2017
More than expected, thanks to our incredible guide Alphonso. Spectacular views and fun riding the mules.
This tour was amazing and our tour...
Claudia W
, Jun 2017
This tour was amazing and our tour guide Alfonso gave us all the information we needed.
Great day trip from Quito with...
, Dec 2015
Great day trip from Quito with splendid landscape on the way and a beautiful crater lake at the end. Beware that the hike back up from Quilotoa lagoon to the rim of the crater is strenuous, so you might consider riding back on a horse costs extra, about USD 10 per horse. Our guide was very nice and fluent in English. Lunch was so so, but our guide was courteous enough to ask about food preferences before hand.
Excellent tour! Our guide Dante was...
Lisa C
, Nov 2015
Excellent tour! Our guide Dante was friendly, flexible and knowledgable. Meeting the indigenous family was wonderful and the hike down to the lagoon with the donkey ride up in the rain was unforgettable! We highly recommend this tour.

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