Hiking Day-Trip To Quilotoa Lagoon From Quito

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    6:30 AM Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    HELADOS CAPRICHITO FRESH “4 A”, 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.


Quilotoa loop tour takes you for a full-day trip to hike in Quilotao Lagoon and its surrounding areas. Visit Saquisil, Zumbahua and Tigua Villages. Drive through the unforgettable mountain villages settled on the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Get close to the local community and farmers in the surrounding areas and experience enriching encounters with local culture. Join a group of fellow travellers and discover the beauty on the Andean landscape.

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Early in the morning, the trip starts by driving 89 km south from Quito through the Panamericana Hwy. aka The Avenue of the Volcanoes. The first stop will be Latacunga City at Cotopaxi Province. From this point, head west for a 1-hour drive through the unforgettable Andean scenery towards the village of Quilotoa.

Visit a local town and get in contact with the Andean culture (either Saquisilí or Pujilí). Get the chance to mix with the rich Andean culture of the local community that inhabits the surrounding area by visiting either Saquisil, Pujili or Zimbahua Indian markets (depends on the day).

The lovely town of Zimbahua comes right before we start hiking down towards the turquoise colored Quilotoa Lagoon. Trek around this natural wonder of water holding strong minerals, formed by the collapsed volcanic caldera. From the rim hike down towards the banks of the lagoon and then climb back up.

Have lunch at a local restaurant and then stop at the small town Tigua (famous for the Tigua art - paintings made with chicken feather brushes over sheep hide canvas - a celebration of the mountain life, the festivals, the legends, and traditions of the area). In the late afternoon, head back to Quito.

The weather in the area of the Quilotoa Lagoon is unpredictable so please bring warm and waterproof clothing. Quilotoa is located at 3,800 masl and the temperatures usually hovers around the 12°so we recommend acclimatizing at least one day prior to this trip. Please dont make this excursion you first right after arriving Ecuador. The hike is easy and you need no climbing expertise, however, we do recommend to climb back up from the lagoon on a mule or horse (cost not included in the price of the tour). Swimming in the lagoon is not recommended.


For Thursdays and Sundays (open departures), meet wtih your guide and fellow travellers at 6:45am at the centrally located meeting point at Mariscal Barrio.
For Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat departures, the guide will pick you up at the your hotel in Quito around 8:00 - 8:30am. 


Transportation from Quito to Quilotoa and back (hotels within the urban perimeter ONLY)

Bilingual Guide

Guided Hike in Quilotoa Lagoon and visit to a local market (market place depends on day of the week)



Entry fee to Quilotoa Lagoon USD $2 per person

Items/ activities not mentioned on the itinerary

Breakfast or other meals aside form Lunch


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

What to bring: Warm clothes, eaterproof jacket, gloves, sunscreen, hat, hiking shoes, extra pair of socks, extra pants

Clothing Suggestions: Comfortable and warm clothes (appropriate for location). Comfortable hiking shoes, walking stick

Note: The tour is not private. Travelers will share services with a group. Maximum people per tour is 12

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Traveler Reviews

  • 03-Sep-2018

    Loved the stops along the way--the market and the visit with the traditional family. The trail down to the Lagoon was very difficult--deep sand, hot, very windy. I wish that we had been told about the actual Quilotoa loop, which was a trail at the top of the lagoon. It was hard dirt and offered the same great views. the ride there was beautiful. The guide was helpful and knowledgeable.

  • 13-Aug-2016

    I was not able to go on this tour since I fell ill on the day of the tour and unfortunately was not able to get back my money. it would be nice if in such circumstances you could get a travel credit to go towards another tour of your choosing.