2-Day Cotopaxi National Park and Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito

Quito, Ecuador

Experience Rating

Designed to delight lovers of natural landscapes, this 2-day tour from Quito transports you to two of Ecuador’s natural highlights, Cotopaxi National Park and the Quilotoa Lagoon. Travel with ease through volcanic landscapes, hike to the summit of the Cotopaxi Volcano, go downhill bike riding, and visit the indigenous markets of Saquisili and Pujili. Plus, you’ll trek to the shores of the Quilotoa Lagoon. One night accommodation, four meals, and all activities are included on this tour, which requires a good level of fitness.
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip

Accommodation 1 night in a double room with private bathroom at Hostería Papagayo or similar.
Professional bilingual guides
Transportation from and to Quito’s meeting point (Plaza foch)
Activities as described in the itinerary
Cotopaxi biking tour, mountain bike & helmet
24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish
Lunch (2)
Mules at Quilotoa for the way back to the top of the crater (optional $ 8)
Contribution to the community
Additional food or beverages
Optional tips for the guide
Personal health & travel insurance

Departure Point

Plaza Foch, Mariscal Foch E4-215, Quito 170143, Ecuador

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Avenida De Los Volcanes
You will begin your trip with a spectacular view of the Andean landscape and of course La Avenida de Los Volcanes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Cotopaxi National Park
Once you arrive at the National Park you can hike up to the refuge at 4,864 meters above sea level. After a safety briefing, you will commence your downhill descent on mountain bikes! The journey finishes at the beautiful lagoon at the base of Cotopaxi.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
 Accommodation Hacienda Papagayo or similar
Mercado Indigena
This full-day cultural tour begins with a visit to a local indigenous market, Saquisili (Thursdays) or the Pujili market (Sundays).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Laguna Quilotoa
The next activity of this day will be the trip to Laguna Quilotoa which is an astonishing emerald colored lagoon inside a large volcano crater (3,800m altitude). Before reaching the Crater main point you’ll pass through the ancient canyon of Zumbahua town, where you can see many indigenous towns and farmlands. Arriving inside the crater you are going to be able to appreciate the vast and gorgeous lagoon landscape. Later, you will visit a local indigenous home where you’ll have the unique opportunity to interact with the inhabitants. After lunch, you will hike down to the lagoons shore and will be bringing back to Quito.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  Not Included
 Breakfast  Lunch  
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Important things to bring: warm, windproof and waterproof clothing, appropriate shoes or boots, water, sunblock, sunglasses, pocket money, and passport.
  • Keep in mind that climate at 4000 meters can change suddenly from sunny to cold with stormy winds and wet snow.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Children rates only applies if the child stays in the same room.
  • In order to process your reservation please help us with all this information:
  • Room type (twin, matrimonial) or triple (in case of a group with 3 or more guests)
  • Whatsapp phone number (in case you use Whatsapp and would like us to contact you that during your stay via Whatsapp)
  • For all guests:
  • Passport numbers
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Food restrictions
  • Medical restrictions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc).
  • The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availability, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
  • It is mandatory that you will have current travel insurance including health insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.Learn more about cancellations.
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