Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour From Quito

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    06:50 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Mariscal Foch E4-215, Quito 170143, Ecuador
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This one-day Ecuadorian cultural tour takes you to one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America, the amazing Laguna Quilotoa, and its surrounding villages and markets.


  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Lunch included
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Family friendly
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Start your day with a visit to the famous local market of Saquisil. On Sundays, when the market is closed, you'll visit the first missionary church in Ecuador, located in Pujili. Continuing on, you'll pass through the indigenous villages of the area which provide a fantastic chance to witness true Ecuadorian culture.

Arriving at the spectacular Laguna Quilotoa, you'll hike down to the Laguna and back in a stunning 45 min hike down and 1-hour hike up. It is possible to hire mules for part of the trek. Paying special attention to the culture and rural life of indigenous Andean people, this trip is a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of Ecuador in all of its forms.


Professional and bilingual guide


Transportation from/to Quito's meeting point


Mules rent $10p.p

Kayak rent $4p.p

Quilotoa entrance fee ($2)


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Necessary Equipment: Sunglasses and sun cream, Water and snacks, Camera, Hiking shoes, Big bag for shopping, Waterproof jacket

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

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  • 09-Aug-2022

    This tour is usually done with combo with Cotopaxi. We used Grayline Ecuador. $65 PP. Well worth it. Tour takes around 12 hours Quito. DO NOT BOOK WITH OTHER AGENSIS. Some of them charge more money and sell it to operators like Grayline.

  • 15-Mar-2022

    This was an incredible trip to Lake Quilotoa, which is a simply breathtaking volcanic crater in the Ecuadorian Andes. I cannot recommend this trip enough for anyone looking to see some of the natural beauty of Ecuador, but who either cannot or does not want to do a several days trip. The day starts out early, leaving from Quito and driving south to Quilotoa. There are several stops along the way, to see the volcanoes, and visit a local market and indigenous shop. Gabriel, my guide, did an amazing job explaining the history of the area and the people. After reaching Quilotoa, we had approximately 3 hours to hike down and back up the volcano, which is an amazing experience. The hike is rather steep and difficult, but i think it’s very doable. After, we ate lunch and headed back home. It was a long day, with about 7 hours in total of driving in the bus, but it was an amazing way to see some of Ecuador outside of the cities. Both the host and driver were extremely gracious, and I always felt safe. I definitely recommend this trip!

  • 12-Jul-2021

    We had a wonderful time on this tour!! The tour guide Alex, was absolutely phenomenal; he was friendly, funny and knowledgeable!! He made the tour exciting and had such a great energy! The tour was great, would recommend to small groups or solo! My only recommendation would be is to bring good hiking shoes!! 10/10, would do this again! :)

  • 29-Jun-2021

    I enjoyed the tour a lot. Alex, the guide was very prepared, always willing to answer your questions and help you out and flexible. The driver (another Alex) was careful and the trip was pleasant. The minivan was spacious and covid friendly. We respected the schedule and learnt a lot about Quito and surroundings and Ecuador in general. I really recommend it! Thank you!

  • 26-Jan-2021

    This was such a wonderful tour. Although the high down was steep, the lake was simply beautiful and made it worthwhile. The hike was the most difficult in my life, but it's great to be able to claim I made it. The trip was definitely worth the price I paid.

  • 06-Jan-2021

    Alex was the kindest tour guide I've ever had. He's incredibly knowledgeable and really cares about you and your experience. He loves his country and is happy to show other people his beautiful country. In this tour, we drove through the Andes and stopped at small indigenous towns before arriving at Quilotoa. My boyfriend and I sat with him on the bus and we talked about practically everything. I will give one piece of advice: take the mule back up the lagoon! This hike was the most difficult things I have ever done, but Alex let us take our time and walked with us every step of the way. Thank you Alex!

  • 05-Jan-2020

    We had a pleasant trip to Lake Quilotoa. The lake is beautiful and the weather was perfect! Important preparations: you will need a mask, scarf or some kind of face (nose/mouth) covering! The dust kicked up by all the donkeys and tourists will suffocate you! Of course, don’t forget sunglasses and sun block. Despite a decent experience, I do have a couple remarks pursuant to the execution of the tour which would have significantly improved the quality of the tour. 1) An adequate breakfast should be provided. The morning stop by the market is primarily a cultural experience (in my opinion). It does not offer excellent opportunity to enjoy a proper meal, which will benefit individuals embarking on the long day to Quilotoa. The food at the market is mostly produce or inedible raw meats. Previously, we took a trip to Cotopaxi (another tour company), where the guide stopped at a rural family owned bed and breakfast that catered the group’s meal. Would strongly recommend this tour providing something similar. 2) Significant improvement to punctuality is needed!! We were the first stop returning to Quito (San Blas Plaza). Although the itinerary indicates we would return at 6:15 pm, we did not arrive until 8:30pm. There was significant delay departing in the morning, with no obvious justification to the delay. Traffic conditions were better than we could have wished for (streets were empty on Sunday morning) and yet, we still seemed to fall behind schedule, despite the advantage. Lunch was to be provided by 2:30 , according to the schedule, however it was nearly 4 before our group was served. The kitchen appeared overwhelmed by our group of 30. Recommend that the kitchen start preparing the food in advance so that it is ready promptly at 2:30, or reasonably close to that time. I believe such poor execution led to serve delay in our return. We found this very frustrating, since there were no restaurants open at the late hour of our return on a Sunday evening in Quito (old town area). Marco was a chipper guide and the bus was extremely comfortable for the long ride! We were very happy with the quality of transit. Overall, I believe the tour has great potential and room for improvement. With some minor adjustments to correct items 1 and 2 above, this would be a 5-star tour.

  • 12-Jul-2019

    This tour was a great way to have the experiences I couldn't have had on my own. The food market we stopped at was a wonderful sensory adventure and the guide suggested we tried tortillas de maiz, which turned out to be a great recommendation! Also, having someone advise you on the location of bathrooms is a great asset. The visit to an indigenous home was something I surely wouldn't have done on my own. Expect the inhabitants to ask for some money for photos. A small price to pay for letting us come into their home, in my opinion! Quilotoa itself was amazing. Be ready to get very dusty! The hike down can be slippery and steep, but standing by the water at the bottom makes it worth it. Equally, the hike back up is quite a trek, but you are rewarded with yummy lunch. Give yourself plenty of time to ascend, because breathing breaks are necessary. With this tour I really feel like I got the most out of one of my precious days in Ecuador.

  • 12-Jun-2019

    Well organised trip to a beautiful crater lake. The guide was helpful and informative. Make sure you are fit enough for the walk up, otherwise take a mule ($10), we are relatively young and fit but found it quite challenging. Good shoes essential as the path is steep and slippery. The weather was lovely for us and is probably important to check the forecast before booking. Lunch was delicious after the walk. You visit a market before where we got some lovely fruit and breakfast. Note that the bathroom stops offered all cost 50 cents so make sure you have change. Comfortable bus though it is 3 hours each way.

  • 05-Jun-2019

    We really enjoyed the trip to quilotoa and all of the stops! The market for breakfast was great and really interested! We also loved visitng the indigenous family. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and nice. He stayed with my friends and me when we were having trouble hiking back up and didn't rush us! The only thing was the bus was quiet crowded and some people had to sit in seats that weren't as comfortable (I got a seat in the front that was pretty tight). Overall, would still recommend and book with this company just make sure you get there early enough to get a good seat on the bus!

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