Quilotoa Crater Lake Private Day Tour: Trekking, Market, Art and Llamas

Quito, Ecuador

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Overview

A tour to the Quilotoa Crater Lake is a must if you are visiting Ecuador. It´s a perfect day, where you can explore the beautiful Andes region. On the way to Quilotoa you will be able to take in the sights of the Avenue of Volcanoes including the Cotopaxi. Before going up to Quilotoa we will first stop and visit a traditional indigenous market, then we will make a stop at the town of Tigua renowned for its unique art style and handcrafted wooden masks of endemic wildlife and local legends, you will also have a chance to take a picture with a llama and traditional Andean homes at the Toachi Canyon. Once you arrive at Quilotoa you will have time to take in the amazing sights, trek down to the lake bottom, kayak on the lake and come back up riding a mule or horse. We will have lunch in town and head back to Quito before the fog comes down. Truly a fun packed day with tons of culture, art, landscapes and outdoor activities.

Private transportation
Certified Bilingual Guide
Snacks
Bottled water
Entrance fees to attractions
Lunch
Gratuities
Personal expenses

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick up guests at any hotel in urban Quito and close to the airport.

Airports

  • Mariscal Sucre Airport, Quito Ecuador


Itinerary
Stop At:  
Galeria del Primer Pintor de Tigua - "Julio Toaquiza Tigasi"
On the way up to Quilotoa you will make a stop in the Andean town of Tigua. This town is renowned for its local artists. We will make a quick stop at some art galleries which showcase this unique local art style.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tigua
The town of Tigua is also famous for its hand crafted wooden masks. I love making a quick stop at a workshop where you can see how these masks are made and you have a choice of multicolored masks representing local animals and legends. Among these you´ll find, an andean fox, amazon monkey, wolf, rooster, Diablo Huma, and many more. Its a great stop for souvenirs.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Laguna Quilotoa
Once we make it to the town of Quilotoa, you will have time to walk around the touristy town a the top of the crater, take in the sights of the crater lake from the various lookout spots and trek down to the lake bottom where you can rent kayaks. If you are too tired you can take a mule or horse back to the top. Quilotoa Crater Lake is a breathtaking experience. Highly recommended!
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pujili
Pujili is a small Andean town on the way to Quilotoa. They have a great market here open on Wednesdays and Sundays. If your trip falls on either day we will make a stop here so you can experience a bit of Andean culture and see how a market works and operates in this corner of the World.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Zumbahua
Zumbahua is a small Andean town on the way to Quilotoa. They have a great market here open on Saturdays. If your trip falls on a Saturday, we will make a stop here so you can experience a bit of Andean culture and see how a market works and operates in this corner of the World. The Zumbahua market is a very traditional indigenous market.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mercado Indigena
Saquisili is a small Andean town on the way to Quilotoa. They have a great market here open on Thursdays. If your trip falls on a Thursday we will make a stop here so you can experience a bit of Andean culture and see how a market works and operates in this corner of the World. Also a very traditional indigenous Andean market.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Canon del Rio Toachi
The Toachi Canyon is called the Ecuadorian Grand Canyon. On the way up to Quilotoa we can make a short stop at a lookout point where you will be able to take in the beautiful sights of the Toachi Canyon. You can also take a picture with a llama and visit an Andean hut where you can see how the Andean indigenous live.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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