Quilotoa Shared Day Trip From Quito

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    1: La Mariscal, Quito 170129, Ecuador
    2: San Blas, Quito 170136, Ecuador
  • Return Details :
    Returns to 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.


Explore the real Andean Ecuador on this one-day cultural tour takes you to one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America. Visit the amazing Laguna Quilotoa where you will hike down to the lake. Also visit a local market and meet a family in one of the surrounding villages, paying special attention to the culture and rural life of the indigenous Andean people. Your shared tour will depart from a centralized meeting point in Quito.


  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Mariscal District, Quito, Pichincha Province

Leave from Plaza Foch in Quito at 07:00 (so please be there at 06:50) or from The Old Town location at 07:20 (so please be there at 07:10) for transport to Quilotoa.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Mercado Indigena, Saquisili, Cotopaxi Province

Explore Saquisili/Pujili (Thursday/Sunday) and visit a native family.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi Province

Hike and explore the Quilotoa Crater and Lagoon

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Tigua

Arrive to Tigua community

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Mariscal District, Quito, Pichincha Province

Return to shared meeting points in Quito

Duration: 3 hours



Transportation from and to Quito

24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish.


Optional mule rent ($10).

30 min kayak trip in the lagoon ($5).

Additional food and drinks.

Personal expenses.

Personal health & travel insurance.

Optional tips for the guide.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Please notify supplier which meeting point you take so to communicate that to the guide and dont be late because the bus wont wait for you.

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

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

Please bring the following: Warm clothing, gloves, sunscreen, hiking shoes, large tote bag, waterproof jacket, camera, and a hat

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Please take into consideration that lunch will be served at around 03:30 PM, so it is recommended to bring some extra food.

Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, dont eat street food, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).

Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 09-Dec-2019

    Had a fun day visiting Quilotoa. The stop at the local market was a highlight and was able to have my first taste of Guinea Pig! Fascinating to see all the locals bring in their goods to sell, seems everything is a $1.00, just the quantity varies. View at the crater was amazing and the hike down and back up was challenging, but definitely worth it.

  • 15-Aug-2019

    I'm glad to have had the experience. I was ill-prepared for the climb down the crater, but was saved by the available mules and horses that carried us back up the cliff. The guides were wonderful and lunch was delicious. I highly recommended this excursion.

  • 05-Mar-2018

    The view was amazing! The guide and bus driver were terrific. I was very lucky to have a great group of people on board and we had a ball with plenty to talk about, which made a very long bus ride worthwhile. We stopped for breakfast at 9.30 and the lunch was delicious at 2.30pm. Great trip!

  • 31-Dec-2017

    This tour was amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable, the tour was very well organized and overall was a great experience. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because the food was mediocre, however the service at the restaurant was very good. The waiter was very prompt and quickly brought out each course. It might be helpful to not that I'm also vegan no animal products and the cook was very accommodating. Would totally reccomend!

  • 24-Nov-2017

    The altitude is a big factor on this trip. If you have issues with altitude sickness, you won't be able to do this very easily. Nice places for a cup of hot chocolate or coffee at the top though.

  • 23-Aug-2017

    The view is worth it and the guide was really good - just a bit too pricey for what you get I would say.

  • 10-Aug-2017

    Quilotoa is absolutely beautiful as was the scenery on the trip there and back. We also stopped at a great local market, at a traditional indigenous house, and an overlook over a stunning valley. Each stop was excellent and served as nice appetizers for the main attraction of Quilotoa. Our guide was the incredibly informative and friendly, Adrian. Overall, it was a wonderful day!

  • 19-Mar-2017

    The Quilotoa daytrip was decent. Prepare yourself for a long day like 12 hours! The crater itself if gorgeous and it is a beautiful view. I just wish there was more to it. The hike down is nice. I decided to take the horse back up, which was 10. You could also kayak. I appreciated the other stops in the highlands with an Inca family and the market. Omar is a fantastic tour guide and shares so much great information about Ecuador. He is a fantastic guide.

  • 02-Feb-2017

    Um dos lugares mais incríveis que já conheci. Vale todo o esforço para subir de volta! Yeh!

  • 22-Jan-2017

    This is an excellent tour, but, it is physically very demanding. The coach takes you to the rim of the crater and you have to make your way down to the lake, is quite a difficult journey, as it is long and quite slippery, so, you need to exercise caution.
    There are horses to take up and down, which is advisable, unless you are very well acclimatised to the altitude and very fit.
    None of the passengers could make the walk back up to the rim without hiring horses.
    But, aside from this, it is well worth a visit, as the scenery is beautiful.
    The price is quite reasonable, as well and the guide was very good and helpful.

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