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Quilotoa Day Trip from Quito

Pichincha Province, Ecuador
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12 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


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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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.
This was an amazing tour! I truly...
Grazia M.
, Aug 2016
This was an amazing tour! I truly enjoyed the entire trip. The guide was knowledgeable and shared very interesting and valuable information about Ecuador. I swam in the crater lake and it was fantastic! This was my first time in Ecuador and would definitely recommend this tour to visit a great place!
Amazing tour filled with interesting...
, Aug 2016
Amazing tour filled with interesting experiences! Our guide, Omar, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He kept everyone engaged throughout the trip by explaining interesting facts about the volcanoes and towns we drove by. We first stopped in the small town of Saquisili to have breakfast. The food was amazing and cheap, and it was a great experience to walk through the market! After that, we headed to the Quilotoa crater lake. Once there we had the option of hiking down to the lake or stay at the top to see the view. My friends and I decided to hike down and it was extremely fun - you can enjoy awesome views of the lake as you hike! Omar had told us of a spot where we could swim, so we headed there. My friends took a dip and said that swimming in a crater lake was a unique experience. I rented a horse to go back up as the hike is very strenuous. Riding a horse as you enjoy views of the lake was great! We had lunch in a restaurant near the lake - the food was delicious and they provide vegetarian options. Our final stop was in an indigenous house in the mountain near the lake. Omar explained how they build their huts to keep warm and the different foods they grow. It was extremely interesting to see how this community lives. We headed back to Quito and as we drove we could see the amazing Cotopaxi volcano. Omar was nice enough to stop the bus for a few minutes so we could take pictures. Overall, it was an extremely fun tour with great food and unique experiences. I would definitely recommend it!
Beautiful landscapes, great hike, tasty...
Edwin J
, Jul 2016
Beautiful landscapes, great hike, tasty food, good guide

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