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Quilotoa Day Trip from Quito

Quito, Ecuador
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Journey to the majestic Quilotoa Lagoon, exploring local Andean communities on the way, during this day trip from Quito. Discover Ecuador like a local as you visit a range of indigenous communities en route to this famous lagoon. Depending on the day you might visit a local market or sit down and chat with a local Andean family. Then enjoy a hiking trek to Quilotoa, eventually reaching the stunning body of water inside the crater of this now-dormant volcano. Your trip also includes a guide, lunch and round-trip transport from Quito.
  • Comprehensive Quilotoa tour by bus/coach, from Quito
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Ideal choice for families and first-time visitors
  • Lunch and round-trip transport included

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Reviews by Viator travelers
, Dec 2019
Had a fun day visiting Quilotoa. The stop at the local market was a highlight and was able to have my first taste of Guinea Pig! Fascinating to see all the locals bring in their goods to sell, seems everything is a $1.00, just the quantity varies. View at the crater was amazing and the hike down and back up was challenging, but definitely worth it.
Once in a life time
Nancy M
, Aug 2019
I'm glad to have had the experience. I was ill-prepared for the climb down the crater, but was saved by the available mules and horses that carried us back up the cliff. The guides were wonderful and lunch was delicious. I highly recommended this excursion.
Quilotoa is not to be missed
, Aug 2019
This was a wonderful day trip! The market was very interesting as was the visit to the home of an indigenous family and the brief stop at the viewpoint at the canyon. However, the star of the show was Quilotoa lagoon, which was absolutely spectacular. The colour of the water was breathtakingly beautiful and it kept changing as the clouds went overhead. The commentary from our guide, Patricio was really informative and he looked after us brilliantly. We hiked right down to the lake and took a short kayak on it - that was also very well worth doing. It was so peaceful and beautiful. Then, because of lack of time, instead of hiking up, I elected to take a mule, but had to wait 45 minutes for one. (I probably could have walked faster after all) The lunch we were given was really good then it was time to come home. I would have loved longer at the lagoon to take it all in and do everything without rushing - even if it meant missing the market. There are so many wonderful things to do and see in Ecuador that I guess it's impiossible to do everything at a leisurely pace! I highly recommend this trip and Patricio the guide and the driver were great! :-)
The view was amazing! The guide and...
Sheree H
, Mar 2018
The view was amazing! The guide and bus driver were terrific. I was very lucky to have a great group of people on board and we had a ball with plenty to talk about, which made a very long bus ride worthwhile. We stopped for breakfast at 9.30 and the lunch was delicious at 2.30pm. Great trip!
This tour was amazing. Our guide was...
Desiree D
, Dec 2017
This tour was amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable, the tour was very well organized and overall was a great experience. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because the food was mediocre, however the service at the restaurant was very good. The waiter was very prompt and quickly brought out each course. It might be helpful to not that I'm also vegan no animal products and the cook was very accommodating. Would totally reccomend!
The altitude is a big factor on this...
Paul D
, Nov 2017
The altitude is a big factor on this trip. If you have issues with altitude sickness, you won't be able to do this very easily. Nice places for a cup of hot chocolate or coffee at the top though.
The view is worth it and the guide...
Ryan M
, Aug 2017
The view is worth it and the guide was really good - just a bit too pricey for what you get I would say.
Quilotoa is absolutely beautiful as...
Mendel C
, Aug 2017
Quilotoa is absolutely beautiful as was the scenery on the trip there and back. We also stopped at a great local market, at a traditional indigenous house, and an overlook over a stunning valley. Each stop was excellent and served as nice appetizers for the main attraction of Quilotoa. Our guide was the incredibly informative and friendly, Adrian. Overall, it was a wonderful day!
The Quilotoa daytrip was decent...
, Mar 2017
The Quilotoa daytrip was decent. Prepare yourself for a long day like 12 hours! The crater itself if gorgeous and it is a beautiful view. I just wish there was more to it. The hike down is nice. I decided to take the horse back up, which was 10. You could also kayak. I appreciated the other stops in the highlands with an Inca family and the market. Omar is a fantastic tour guide and shares so much great information about Ecuador. He is a fantastic guide.
This is an excellent tour, but, it...
Jason A
, Jan 2017
This is an excellent tour, but, it is physically very demanding. The coach takes you to the rim of the crater and you have to make your way down to the lake, is quite a difficult journey, as it is long and quite slippery, so, you need to exercise caution. There are horses to take up and down, which is advisable, unless you are very well acclimatised to the altitude and very fit. None of the passengers could make the walk back up to the rim without hiring horses. But, aside from this, it is well worth a visit, as the scenery is beautiful. The price is quite reasonable, as well and the guide was very good and helpful.

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