Quilotoa Crater Lagoon: Hiking And Cultural Small Group Full Day Tour - Quito

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    1: Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador
    2: Plaza Foch, 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.

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level

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Itinerary
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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: 2 hours

Inclusions

Private transportation from and to Quitos hotel.

Meals as described in the itinerary.

24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish

All activities as described in the itinerary.

Exclusions

Optional mule rent ($10).

Optional kayak trip in the lagoon (30 mins approximately).

Additional food or beverages.

Optional tips for the guide.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Important things to bring: warm and waterproof clothing, water, sun block, sunglasses and passport

It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have

The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unpredictable circumstances

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 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.

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

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

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

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Travelers must bring with them extra sanitary items to be used during the entire tour.Transportation: Passengers will be seated skipping a place to maintain the distance required.Medicine: Travelers should bring their medications from their countries.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 27-Feb-2019

    Adquirimos el paquete de el Lago de quilotoa el entero día.. Desde que nos recogieron hasta el final del tour, fueron totalmente profesionales en todos los aspectos... Las 2 guías que tuvimos nos hicieron descubrir gran parte de historia que tiene nuestro bello Ecuador... Muy recomendado.. Gracias chicos

  • 21-Apr-2018

    I was very nice, the guide was great!

  • 24-Mar-2018

    Het was een mooie zonnige dag, zonder wolken, waardoor we de Cotopaxi vulkaan prachtig konden zien. Er kwam ook nog rook uit! Op de heenweg kwamen we langs een traditionele markt, waar zowel de mensen als het fruit heel kleurig waren. Heel bijzonder om te zien, terwijl we daar aan het eten waren, hoe de mensen actief bezig waren met hun koopwaar. De traditionele familie met de cavia's, waar we op bezoek gingen, zagen er ook prachtig uit. Uiteindelijk kwamen we bij de krater van Quilotoa, waar we een indrukwekkend uitzicht hadden op 4000 meter hoogte.

  • 03-Feb-2018

    The guides were on time, two of them, very pleasant fellows. They were educative and attentive. The crater itself was beautiful, the decent to the surface of the lake in it, was rather easily done. Contrariwise the walk back proved hard for many, the altitude being - as far as I remember - around 4000 metres. Then the rented horses came to a rescue. The lunch was all right. Visiting the friendly indigenous family on our way to the crater was thought provoking, worth a whole book of social anthropology on the issue. The transportation was quite acceptable. A great tour.

  • 03-Feb-2018

    The guides were on time, two of them, very pleasant fellows. They were educative and attentive. The crater itself was beautiful, the decent to the surface of the lake in it, was rather easily done. Contrariwise the walk back proved hard for many, the altitude being - as far as I remember - around 4000 metres. Then the rented horses came to a rescue. The lunch was all right. Visiting the friendly indigenous family on our way to the crater was thought provoking, worth a whole book of social anthropology on the issue. The transportation was quite acceptable. A great tour.

  • 28-Nov-2017

    This was an amazing tour!!! My son was struggling down the tall hill my son is very cautious and the tour guide stayed with him the entire time to make sure he made it down the hill ok. It was amazing to see the Indigenous people walking the mules up and down the hill, grant it some of them were kids and I am so glad my son had a chance to see such young kids working. Also the crater itself was beautiful, the tour guide told us there are only 3 lagoons in the world, 2 in Ecuador and 1 in Japan. We also had a chance to meet a very grateful Indigenous family. The lunch was ok.. but the entire tour is a MUST. It was worth every penny..

  • 28-Nov-2017

    This was an amazing tour!!! My son was struggling down the tall hill my son is very cautious and the tour guide stayed with him the entire time to make sure he made it down the hill ok. It was amazing to see the Indigenous people walking the mules up and down the hill, grant it some of them were kids and I am so glad my son had a chance to see such young kids working. Also the crater itself was beautiful, the tour guide told us there are only 3 lagoons in the world, 2 in Ecuador and 1 in Japan. We also had a chance to meet a very grateful Indigenous family. The lunch was ok.. but the entire tour is a MUST. It was worth every penny..

  • 02-Apr-2017

    Our Tour guide Omar just might be the best tour guide in all of Ecuador. If you can find a way to get all your tours through him, you will not be sorry.

    As for the tour itself, it was a fantastic experience all around. We had breakfast in the first destination instead of spending 40 minutes in the market, and were very satisfied with the authentic and filling meal 2.50/person. We still got to spend 10 minutes in the market, which was mostly fruits and other souvenirs that were available elsewhere in Ecuador still worth seeing, was a great cultural experience. We also got to share the fruits we got on the bus, everything was very yummy!

    Seeing how the local farmers lived was also a great cultural experience and photo op. A 1/person donation to the farmers is expected, and well worth the experience.

    Quilotoa itself was very beautiful, we were lucky to get there when the weather was very pleasant and we had a great view of everything. The hike down was a little intense, and took about 35-45 minutes. We enjoyed some Kayaking at 3/person and got some great pictures and memories.

    We definitely recommend taking the horse/mule for the trip up especially if it starts raining like it did for us. We were smiling the entire time and our legs were able to enjoy the rest of the vacation. It cost 8/person but we just gave a 20 as it was raining and it is one heck of a hike for the local who guided our horses up the trail. It took about 45 minutes to get to the top on a horse, I cant't imagine how tired we would be doing it on foot like our guide.

    The gift shop had plenty of souvenirs and a wide variety of things to purchase. Prices are negotiable, but don't expect a huge reduction.

    The lunch provided by the tour was served after we made it back to the top and had some time to browse the shops. It was once again, authentic, delicious, and filling.

    We highly recommend this tour, the trip there and back is full of amazing scenery which was made even better by our tour guide Omar.

    We did notice after it started raining that it was difficult to take in the beauty of the lake from the top, so even if it is raining when you get there, make the trip to the bottom for a full, rich experience. Despite being soaked after arriving at the top, the horses and guide were fantastic, and we wouldn't trade the memories for anything.

  • 02-Apr-2017

    Our Tour guide Omar just might be the best tour guide in all of Ecuador. If you can find a way to get all your tours through him, you will not be sorry.

    As for the tour itself, it was a fantastic experience all around. We had breakfast in the first destination instead of spending 40 minutes in the market, and were very satisfied with the authentic and filling meal 2.50/person. We still got to spend 10 minutes in the market, which was mostly fruits and other souvenirs that were available elsewhere in Ecuador still worth seeing, was a great cultural experience. We also got to share the fruits we got on the bus, everything was very yummy!

    Seeing how the local farmers lived was also a great cultural experience and photo op. A 1/person donation to the farmers is expected, and well worth the experience.

    Quilotoa itself was very beautiful, we were lucky to get there when the weather was very pleasant and we had a great view of everything. The hike down was a little intense, and took about 35-45 minutes. We enjoyed some Kayaking at 3/person and got some great pictures and memories.

    We definitely recommend taking the horse/mule for the trip up especially if it starts raining like it did for us. We were smiling the entire time and our legs were able to enjoy the rest of the vacation. It cost 8/person but we just gave a 20 as it was raining and it is one heck of a hike for the local who guided our horses up the trail. It took about 45 minutes to get to the top on a horse, I cant't imagine how tired we would be doing it on foot like our guide.

    The gift shop had plenty of souvenirs and a wide variety of things to purchase. Prices are negotiable, but don't expect a huge reduction.

    The lunch provided by the tour was served after we made it back to the top and had some time to browse the shops. It was once again, authentic, delicious, and filling.

    We highly recommend this tour, the trip there and back is full of amazing scenery which was made even better by our tour guide Omar.

    We did notice after it started raining that it was difficult to take in the beauty of the lake from the top, so even if it is raining when you get there, make the trip to the bottom for a full, rich experience. Despite being soaked after arriving at the top, the horses and guide were fantastic, and we wouldn't trade the memories for anything.

  • 28-Jan-2017

    We went on a holiday and there were lots of people. The hike down is not easy, but as a senior, it was doable. Try to stay away from the mules as they have a tendency to get a bit too close and can bump you. Climbing back up the hill was beyond my ability so we took a mule ride for 10.00 This tour was great and our guide, Omar, was exceptional. On the way back, we stopped at an indigenous couple's house where we learned that they use guinea pigs for heat. It was interesting to see this vanishing way of life. The owner allows these tours to supplement his income, so be prepared for a donation. Also, we were very disheartened to see how many of our tour group did not tip the guide and driver. Their pay for a 10 hour day is very low and they rely on tips. Be generous. Our driver did an excellent job and Omar is one of the best guides I have encountered in the many tours I have taken. His English is very good and we appreciated his broad knowledge of Ecuador. He is definitely a people person and tries hard to make your tour enjoyable as well as educational.

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