The Quilotoa Lagoon is one of the most picturesque destinations in the Ecuadorian Andes, but many tours only pay a quick visit. This private full-day tour from Quito offers ample time to admire the scenery, trek around the lakeside, or visit the surrounding villages. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
Full-day Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito
Trek around the Quilotoa Crater Lagoon and enjoy spectacular views
Easy to moderate hike, suitable for participants of reasonable fitness
This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide
Your tour begins with pickup from your central Quito hotel in time for an 8am departure. Traveling in the comfort of a private vehicle, soak up the scenery on the around 3-hour journey through the Andes. On arrival, follow your guide on an around 30-minute walk down to the banks of the Quilotoa Lagoon, a glittering crater lake formed inside an ancient caldera. Then, set out on a scenic 2-hour hike, exploring the lakeside, then climbing up to a viewpoint to enjoy spectacular views over the crater. It’s an easy to moderate hike, but mules are available for hire (extra cost) to help with the uphill stretches if you wish. Your tour ends back in Quito around 6pm.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Dress code is smart casual
May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Jan 2017
What a special day! It was an amazing drive to see the countryside of Ecuador. We learned so much about the food, culture and local people with our guide Ricardo on the drive! And Quilotoa Crater - it was breathtakingly beautiful! We had a wonderful lunch before taking the hike down into the crater. It is a crazy trail, but so worth it. Make sure you ask about getting the mules at the bottom, so they save some for you! There was no way we could hike back up at that elevation. The best day trip from Quito!