Private Day Trip To Quilotoa Lagoon And Markets From Quito

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Hotels in Quito
  • Return Details :
    Original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3 kilometers (2 mi)-wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following a catastrophic VEI-6 eruption about 800 years ago, which produced pyroclastic flows and lahars that reached the Pacific Ocean and spread an airborne deposit of volcanic ash throughout the northern Andes. This last eruption followed a dormancy period of 14,000 years and is known as the 1280 Plinian eruption.

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Vegetarian meal option available

Know More about this tour

Join this full-day tour to Quilotoa and local market departing at time 7:00am from your hotel.
This full day cultural tour begins with a visit to local indigenous market at either Saquisilli (Thursdays only) or Pujili (Sundays only).
A small market town located only a few miles away from Latacunga and the Quito-Ambato highway.
Pujili is a small town with a rich culture and history. Most of the inhabitants of Pujili are indigenous and the best time to see native customs and clothing are the market days: Wednesdays and Sundays.
Men and women from surrounding villages will pack up their llamas and donkeys early in the morning in order to come to the market and sell their extra produce for whatever money they can make.

The trip through the villages of the area provide a fantastic chance to see one of the most authentic parts of the country. Before lunch we visit a local indigenous home where you have the opportunity to interact with the locals.
Then we will visit the community of Tigua, a well-known place for its handicrafts. From here we will continue our trip towards the volcano Quilotoa.

The drive to Laguna Quilotoa, an amazing emerald lagoon inside a volcano crater at the height of approximately 3,800m, displays a beautiful view of the Andean mountains, passing the ancient canyon of Zumbahua and many indigenous towns and farmlands. Then we will walk 2-hour round the crater rim or hiking down the crater.
Return option from the lake to the Rim by mule (Optional)

Arrival in Quito at approximately 6:30pm.

Inclusions

National Park fees

Bottled water

Snacks

All activities

Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Trekking tour

Box lunch

Entry/Admission - Laguna Quilotoa

Exclusions

Food and drinks not specified in the itinerary

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

A high amount of walking is involved

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 26-May-2017

    It was an amazing experience. We were picked up at our hotel, no wandering the streets hoping to connect with a total stranger. Our guide spoke perfect English. Drove us everywhere we went. Our major event was the trip to the Lagoon. The walk down is a little steep, but no problem. I selected the horse/mule ride up, in part because I love horses, but also, at that altitude, I didn't think I would make it up comfortably. There was a guide from the area in charge of the animals. It was a difficult assent even for them. The views were amazing. I think my son enjoyed that part the most. We also went up to the highlands. It was green and rolling hills really mountains. The fascinating part was visiting a yurt like dwelling where a farmer and his wife and children lived. They farm their land as the Indians did hundreds of years ago. He proudly showed us a little basket fillws with the types of crops he grew--small ears of corn and strangely shaped potatoes among them. Evidently there are over 200 varieties of potato in Ecuador. There were also Guinea Pigs mom dad and a bunch of babies running around the inside of the yurt. Throughout the entire day, our guide was knowledgeable and charming. His expertise made the trip so much better than our attempting it on our own. We had a wonderful meal in a small restaurant on the top of the mountain. It tasted like home cooking. The owner was gracious and so proud of his cooking. My son asked for a second bowl and got one without question.
    I cannot praise the guide enough. It was as though we had known each other for years. So comfortable and friendly. Well worth the price.