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Journey to the majestic Quilotoa lagoon, exploring local Andean communities on the way, during this 10-hour 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 2-hour 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 tour by bus/coach
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included

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What You Can Expect

Quilotoa Day Trip from Quito



Customer Reviews

Grazia M.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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!

Edwin J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Beautiful landscapes, great hike, tasty food, good guide

Adam T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A really great day. Extremely well organised tour and cheap for whats included. I did not expect to see so many additional things on this tour. Laguna Quilotoa was awesome also. Tour guide was good also.

Thomas W

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Beautiful. Bring a swimsuit.

Sue Z

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2016

Paid significantly more than fellow travelers who booked locally. Highlight was Quilotoa. Extra activities like visiting the market and traditional home was a real miss. Rather superficial encounter with traditional family, drop in drop out tourism, family asked for money for photos.

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