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Quilotoa Tour


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Quilotoa, an emerald colored lake located inside a volcano crater, is one of the Andes’ gems. At 3800m, the lake is also a host to surrounding indigenous communities. The drive to Quilotoa passes through the Zumbahua canyon and various indigenous towns and farmlands. Depending on the day, we will visit either the Saquisilí (Thursdays), or Pujilí (Sundays) indigenous markets so you can appreciate the contrast between these and those of the Imbabura province (Otavalo.) Before lunch, we will visit Shalala, a community well known for their handicrafts. This tour includes a native Quilotoa guide.

Weather in Quilotoa is very unpredictable, so we recommend being prepared with warm and waterproof clothing (layers always help).

This tour is available every Thursday & Sunday.


-Transportation from Quito to Quilotoa and return
-Bilingual Guide


-Entry fee Quilotoa $2
-Items not mentioned in the itinerary
-Kayak in lake ($3)/Horse ride up crater ($10)

COST: $50

Pick up at 07:00 am at central location
Leave towards Saquisili / Pujili / Indian markets (it depends on the day)
Depart to an indigenous hut followed by depart to Quilotoa Lagoon
Arrive to Quilotoa followed by trek around the crater
Arrive to Tigua community
Return towards Quito


“The full day tour of Quilotoa was superb and at a great price $50. Also covered off a local market – corn fritters and cheese pretty delicious breakfast, and a canyon whose name escapes me! Omar was our guide, great insights and information about Ecuador. And a pleasure to spend the day with him escorting our group. The crater is amazing and we were fortunate enough to get there on a day with a mixture of sun and cloud. We chose to walk some of the way around the rim rather than down and it was stunning, gorgeous vistas everywhere. I wish I had known it is feasible to run around it, 12km pretty good path and on this trip we had 2.5 hours there so enough time. The scenery from the bus is absolutely stunning. Excellent day tour choice”   – Karyn from Melbourne, Australia

“Super Ausflug: Quilotoa-Loop. Stop an einem lokalen indigen Markt mit fantastischen Impressionen zwischen den Obst- und Gemüseständen welche von den Einheimischen bevölkert werden. Leckeres Mittagessen in einem Lokal nahe dem Quilotoa Kratersee. Besuch einer indigen Familie. Und das beste: speziell an der Hauptattraktion dem Quilotoa Kratersee genügende Zeit (2,5 Std.) um die tolle Landschaft genießen zu können. Absolut empfehlenswert.

(Translation: Super trip: Quilotoa Loop. Stopped at a local indigenous market with fantastic stalls of fruit and vegetables grown by the indigenous population. Delicious lunch at a restaurant near the Quilotoa Crater Lake. Visited an indigenous family. And the best: specifically, the main attraction, was the Quilotoa Crater Lake. We had sufficient time (2.5 hrs) in order to enjoy the amazing scenery. Highly recommended.)”  – Sandra from Fulda, Germany

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