Tour Cotopaxi and Quilotoa

Within the Cotopaxi National Park is the active Cotopaxi volcano, an elevation of 5,897 meters above sea level located in the Cordillera de Los Andes and an exceptional variety of flora and fauna species. At he next day we will visit the Ecological Reserve Los Ilinizas where one of its main attractions is the turquoise lagoon that is located in the crater of Quilotoa, the wonderful landscapes make this tourist attraction an experience that you can not miss if you are in Ecuador.

Departures

Every day

Duration

Full day

Activity

Medium

Pickup

07h05

Hosted in

English, Spanish

What you'll do

Travel safely, in our tours we maintain all the safety protocols during the tour
The day one we will visit:
  • Visit the Cotopaxi National Park
  • Limpiopungo Lagoon
  • Interpretation Center Mariscal Sucre
  • Hike to Refuge Jose Rivas at 4864 masl

The day two we will visit:

  • Shalalá look point
  • Trekking to the Quilotoa Lagoon
  • Artisan Workshop in Tigua
  • Visit to the Toachi River Canyon

Itinerary

Pick Up

07h00
Boulevar Naciones Unidas

Av. Shyris y Av. Naciones Unidas
How to get

07h25
La Mariscal / Plaza Foch

Reina Victoria entre Calama y Mariscal Foch Parada #3 Quito Tour Bus
How to get

07h50
El Quinde Visitors Center

Calle Venezuela y Espejo. Plaza Grande
How to get

07h00
Boulevar Naciones Unidas

Av. Shyris y Av. Naciones Unidas
How to get

Day 1

07h00 - 07h45

Beginning of the tour

We begin the adventure after finishing the pick ups from the 3 main areas

07h00 - 07h45
Stop at Machachi town

You can buy some snacks, use the restrooms and use the ATM

Visit to Cotopaxi National Park

On the border of the province of Pichincha, there is the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological reserve that combines the landscape of the Andean páramo, volcanic soil and the lagoon that emerge from the snow-capped mountains

Limpiopungo Lagoon

In the lagoon we can observe different species of birds and native plants

Interpretation Center Mariscal Sucre

All information about the Cotopaxi National Park is available at the Interpretation Center, or better known as the Park Museum. The Center has showrooms, a souvenir shop and a coffee shop. It is located inside Mariscal Sucre Station (or Control Caspi entrance).

We recommend you to recharge your energies with a coca tea

Hike To Refuge José Rivas (4864 masl)

Since the 70s, this refuge has been a welcoming place for professional mountaineers and amateurs coming to visit the Cotopaxi Volcano. This place is located on the slopes of the volcano and an hour’s walk from the parking lot

Typical lunch

We will make a stop to enjoy the typical food of the area, we recommend the chicken soup, the locro and the roasted lamb. There are also vegetarian options. (Lunch not included)

18h00 (aprox.)

Return to Quito

End of the tour

Drop Offs at the same embarkation locations

18h00 (aprox.)

Day 2

Visit the Shalalá and Quilotoa viewpoint

The beginning of the lagoon of Quilotoa is Shalala viewpoint, a space built in 2014, with sustainable materials, that allows to contemplate the beauty of nature from 3900 meters above sea level

Hike and visit the Quilotoa Lagoon

The crater of the dormant volcano forms a bowl that collects the azure waters of the lagoon. Its color is due to the accumulation of sulfur. According to legend, this was the scene of the battle between the Quilotoa gods who lived on the surface and Toachi, who was under the lake, because that aroused envy the ability of the first to reflect the color of the sky

Visit a crafts workshop in the Community of Tigua

Color is the protagonist of the stories that narrate the crafts of Tigua, works that are manufactured by the community of the same name. These paintings bear geometric and figurative forms, typical of the pre-Columbian and colonial times respectively

Lunch

Lookout

Toachi Canyon Lookout

The Toachi River Canyon covers almost 30 kilometers in length with a drop of 100 meters, offers an unusual Andean landscape as a result of the eruptions of the Quilotoa volcano

Lookout

19h00 (aprox.)

Return to Quito

End of the tour

Drop Offs at the same embarkation locations

19h00 (aprox.)

Indications

What to bring
  • Face mask
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Thermal coat or sweater
  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Passport, to get your official stamp of the Interpretation Center/National Park
Includes
  • Tourist Transport
  • Bilingual Guide (Esp – Eng)
  • Bilingual naturalist guide in the National Park
Not includes
  • Food and drinks
  • Other details not specified
  • Tips

Location

Prices

Price per person

$ 169
  • 3 PAX = 169 USD each
  • 2 PAX = 179 USD each
  • 1 PAX = 199 USD each

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