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Quilotoa Day Trip

At 3 hours from Quito we find 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.

Every day

Full day
07h00 - 20h00

Medium activity

Pickup
07h00

English and Spanish

What you'll do
Travel safely, in the Quilotoa tour from Quito we maintain all the safety protocols. In this full day trip from Quito to Quilotoa we will visit:
  • Quilotoa look point
  • Trekking to the Quilotoa Lagoon
  • Artisan Workshop in Tigua

Pick Ups

Pick-up and drop-off in the 3 main areas:
Carolina, Plaza Foch, Plaza Grande

Pick Ups

First stop

Visit a traditional house

Visit a traditional house in the moor and learn about the guinea pigs.

Quilotoa

First stop

Second stop

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.

Second stop

Third stop

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.

Third stop

Fourth stop

Enjoy the Andean Landscape

We will observe from the car the Toachi River Canyon that 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.

Fourth stop

Drop Offs

Enjoy your comfortable return to Quito. Drop-off at your hotel is also included.

End of tour

Drop Offs
Indications

The Quilotoa day tour from Quito includes

  • Tourist Transport
  • Bilingual Guide (Esp – Eng)
  • Entrance to the Quilotoa Lagoon
  • Visit the Tigua crafts workshop
Not included
  • Other details not specified
  • Tips
  • Breakfast and lunch
What to bring
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Jacket
  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
Location
Important information
Quilotoa Lagoon

The Quilotoa Lagoon is a captivating natural wonder nestled in the Ecuadorian Andes. Renowned for its stunning turquoise color, this crater lake offers a surreal landscape that mesmerizes visitors. It is a perfect spot for hiking and panoramic views, surrounded by towering mountains. Adventurers can also descend to the crater’s bottom to explore the lagoon up close. Nearby villages provide an authentic cultural experience with friendly locals and traditional handicrafts. Quilotoa is a must-visit destination for those seeking natural beauty and adventure in Ecuador. Take advantage of the opportunity to witness the breathtaking allure of Quilotoa Lagoon.

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Travelers reviews
cathguii_
cathguii_
2024-01-16
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Buena opcion El recorrido fue bueno, el guia muy amigable. Lo mas importante es que podiamos quedarnos en cualquier punto para visitarlo mas a fondo y despues tomabamos el siguiente bus para seguir con el recorrido. No es tan buena idea ir los domingo porque algunos lugares estan cerrados aunque no tiene nada que ver con el recorrido del bus lo pueden tomar en cuenta.
Eric W
Eric W
2024-01-15
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Quilatoa Tour with Irene This is an absolutely amazing tour, partially because of the great Quilatoa lagoon and hike, but also because of our outstanding tour guide, Irene, who is extremely knowledgeable and fills the time with very satisfying facts about food, indigenous practices, indigenous language, etc. The visit to the indigenous household was mind alteringly beautiful and life affirming. What an exceptional day! The hike is very steep to Quilatoa, on the way back, but there’s a horse option if you are not up for it.
Yoany Andres A
Yoany Andres A
2024-01-15
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Tour a Cotopaxi Excelente acompañamiento y Guia para El Cotopaxi, acompañados por Irene la cual nos hizo muy agradable el tour, la alimentación estuvo deliciosa. En definitiva una excelente opción para conocer los lugares emblemáticos de Quito
Torch H
Torch H
2024-01-14
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One of the best tours I’ve been on. This was such a great experience and a great way to start our Ecuador trip. We had Adrian and Ivan as our guide and driver. They were so great. Adrian really took care of us and made sure we got great pictures before crowds and took us to many gems. We saw a waterfall and got to experience the indigenous people of Ecuador and their way of life. I’m so glad I took this tour. They really care about their guest and you see their passion about sharing their culture with visitors. I highly recommend this tour and if you can, get Adrian and Ivan.
Jesús D
Jesús D
2024-01-13
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Amazing opportunity! Amazing opportunity to merge with nature, disconnect yourself form the daily routine and start a new year full of cardio 🤣😉. Special thanks to our guide Jessy and our driver Jhon 🫰🏻 wouldn't have been the same without you guys!
Xudong G
Xudong G
2024-01-12
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Reached the highest point ever in my life Our guide is really nice and explained a lot of the nature and culture here. The trip to Cotopaxi is challenging but definitely worth it.
Trent R
Trent R
2024-01-12
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Amazing time Amazing sites seen and amazing tour guide Joseph! I would love to come back in the future to do more tours with them! I would definitely recommend this trip!
mala k
mala k
2024-01-10
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Fun way to get acquainted with the city. It’s a fun way to acquaint with the city and has a live guide as opposed to a recording. The bus stops at all the important sightseeing stops with the option of picking the ones you want.
mala k
mala k
2024-01-10
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Fun filled day trip with multiple activities. Fantastic tour with a knowledgeable guide - it was a fun experience including visiting an indigenous family, an art gallery and a fun but tough hike down the crater. Weather was perfect and allowed an amazing view of the lake.
María Isabel P
María Isabel P
2024-01-10
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Guía excepcional Nuestra guía fue Irene, fue increíble la experiencia con ella, sabe mucho de la cultura, del pasado y amplía la Informacion cuando se le preguntaba. Lo recomendamos mucho, gracias Irene.
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