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

Quito, Ecuador

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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
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  • Offered in: English


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 an indigenous community, to explore a local home and learn about their daily life. Finish your day with a trip to the lagoon inside Quilotoa volcano. This day trip includes a guide, entrance fees, round-trip hotel transport, and lunch.
  • Take a day trip to Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito
  • Drive along the Avenue of Volcanoes, passing beneath its towering peaks
  • Interact with an indigenous community and learn about their way of life
  • Explore the surreal environment of Quilotoa Lagoon and enjoy a mule-riding adventure
  • Menu lunch and round-trip hotel transfers included

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Menu lunch (only in private service)
  • Tigua Painter´s Community
  • Entrance ticket
  • Guided activities
  • Mule ride ($10.00USD, subject to change)
  • Kayak rental ($3.00USD, subject to change)
  • Meals
  • Tips

Meeting And Pickup

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What To Expect

Laguna Quilotoa

4 hours Admission Ticket Included

Mira Andes Ecuador (Pass By)


45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Jane H
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.


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A great day in the mountains of Ecuador
Judith_B, Jun 2023
The whole day was fabulous. The crater lake is wonderful. I also enjoyed the indigenous farm visit too. Carlos was a. Excellent guide.
The tour guide Diego and his driver(sorry I can't remember his name)were great.Had a great day out with them
Chris_C, May 2023
The day was really damp and foggy to start off with but when we got to the lagoon it cleared. The views from the rim are spectacular and down at the lake aswell.
Totally recommend this tour !
HYUNJUNG_L, Apr 2023
My guide was Irene and she was a totally kind and fun person. Alttough, I traveled alone as an asian but I never felt lonely and she took me a lot of pictures. It was a lit bit hard to walk the downhill but it was worth to try because the view was so beautiful. Only thing that bothered me was that I had to take a taxi to go to the meeting point because I am the person who lives in Quito, not a traveller. Anyway, it's just my situation and everything was perfect.
We had a fabulous trip....
Camille_B, Mar 2023
We had a fabulous trip. Everything about it went smoothly. We had 2 families joining up for the trip and we were going to different locations after the trip. Our guide communicated and organize with the driver who would be taking one family to another location and the plans went well. Our guide, Fabian, was very knowledgeable and lead us through the educational as well as active day with the walk down and up the volcano lagoon. We learned about the history of Quito, volcanoes, and indigenous families living in Andes around Quitoloa
excellent guide....
Jeff_S, Mar 2023
excellent guide. beautiful scenery. walk down to water was nice....tough walk back up, but worth it!
Worth it.
Caer_P, Feb 2023
Incredible experience and not worth missing, and Kahy was a excellent guide sharing great information along the way.
A full day adventure.
Paul_L, Feb 2023
The tour guide and bus driver were very professional. The guide pointed out the different volcanoes and sites along the way. It was a long bus ride with breaks along the way. The one thing that could be done better would be to notify us of the pickup time the day before the tour, not the morning of the tour.
So glad we booked this
Jason_M, Feb 2023
Our guide picked us up on time. We had the best time getting to know him and learning all about the area known as avenue of the volcanos. Everything about this experience from the beautiful drive to the indigenous village and ofcourse the star of the show Quilatoa Laguna was amazing. We weren’t sure about taking a tour outside Quito but we are so glad we did. I can’t say enough about the entire day. The weather was even perfect although it rained a little on our way back. Ecuador can have all 4 seasons in one day we were told. Had a great lunch included also. Our guide even negotiated with the mule provider when they charged a different price than originally quoted. We said our goodbyes and got a wonderful recommendation for dinner. Can’t say enough good things about our guide and the whole day!
Yes !
Kiley_F, Nov 2022
Definitely an amazing sight to see! The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Had a great time with my friend !
Great tour guide, venues don’t justify the price or drive time
john_H, Oct 2022
Our guide Oscar was very good - the distance from Quito - 7 hour round trip driving is a bit much for the value. The trip to the indigenous home was very good and the creator volcano is a must see however there is little to do other than hike down and walk (or take the mule ride up)
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Customer, Thanks for your comment! This tour takes between 9-10 hours from/to Quito. It all depends on the traveler´s likes. Some passengers love hiking you can take a long walk in the Quilotoa loop, or just inside the crater take a 1-hour kayak in the lagoon. Quilotoa area offers many options for adventurous travelers such as horseback rides, trekking, short walks in the area, local indigenous towns, local indigenous markets, etc. You booked a shared small-group tour. When you book a private tour you can tailor-make your trip under a request. All the best,
Must see
Genevieve_G, Aug 2022
We had a wonderful day trip, Oscar Salazar was an excellent tour guide and was very knowledgeable of the terrain and the culture. This was a beautiful hike and well worth the climb.
Great tour!
cherylbaldwin2015, Jun 2022
Excellent tour. Really enjoyed it. Great guides!! Beautiful location. Relaxing and peaceful. I enjoyed walking around the little town and lunch after. On the way there, we went to an indigenous market and house. Great day.
My favorite trip in Ecuador, a must do
MARIAM_M, Mar 2022
Picked up at the hotel as promised. We had 2 stops on the way which were wonderful, visiting an indigenous home, going inside and talking to the residents, incredible; and also a stop at a shop where the artist sells paintings on sheep skin. This was also the artist's workshop. We spend 3 hours at the Crater Lake. Our guide Diego was wonderful, professional, knowledgeable, explained the local culture in details, frequently checked on us because we were at high altitude. Many thanks to Diego and Pedro our driver!. This was an 11 hour day as they said in the trip description. The Thursday Indegenous market is not apparel on going, so be sure to check with the vendor if you really want to visit the market. The Kay's are tandem only and sit in.
Beautiful high altitude hike!
Lynn_M, Mar 2022
My friend and I had a great day at Quilotoa! Oscar was a great guide and very knowledgeable about Quito and the surrounding areas. We definitely had our butts kicked on the hike up from the lake, but it was totally worth it and we did it! We enjoyed the other stops along the way, like for coffee and the canyon. We would definitely do another tour with Oscar!
Amazing views and atmosphere l
Alex_L, Mar 2022
Great tour, very knowledgeable guide. Tough job to get back up the mountain, but glad we made it.. 😂
Fabian was a wonderful...
patriciaa_w, Feb 2022
Fabian was a wonderful guide-above and beyond. Our driver was excellent also. The scenery was magnificent
Must-do day from Quito
Jennifer_S, Dec 2021
What a fabulous day with Irene and Carlos! The ride out to Quilotoa is long, but Irene was entertaining and informative, the vehicle was comfortable, and the landscape was breathtaking. There was so much to look at and we made a nice stop for breakfast/snacks. The lagoon is gorgeous - even in the rain - and the town is charming. Be sure to bring some treats for the stray dogs and a hiking pole for the trek down. You'll work up a good appetite for the filling local lunch. Whatever you order, you can't go wrong. It's all so delicious. This would be a great day trip no matter what, but Irene and Carlos really went the extra mile to make the day special.
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Diego was fabulous,...
Natalia_U, Oct 2021
Diego was fabulous, explained everything thoroughly and was very informative. We really enjoyed hearing his stories. He was extremely nice and accompanied us patiently throughout the hike (we had to take a lot of breaks!). The lagoon is absolutely stunning and very much worth seeing, but I do have to warn that the hike was difficult for my mother, who is a relatively fit 50 year-old, so it might be important to take that to note if you decide to take the hike up (keep the altitude in mind). The rest of the trip was amazing too, and the views were really beautiful. We really enjoyed our time with Diego.
Amazing Lagoon trip!
Joel_D, Sep 2021
Favorite part of the trip was visiting a local family! It was humbling and inspiring! Loved the Lagoon and mule ride back up. Diego was great!
Our tour guide Diago was...
kalyani_s, Sep 2021
Our tour guide Diago was extremely helpful We had a very good experience and would highly suggest it.


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