Quilotoa Lake Private Sightseeing Tour

Quito, Ecuador

Experience Rating
    
icon9 to 10 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Overview

Ideal for active travelers, this private 8-hour tour reveals the natural splendor of Quilotoa Lake, formed by the collapse of a now-extinct volcano. During the 3-hour drive from Quito, you’ll visit a fruit and vegetable market before admiring the lake from an elevated viewpoint. Embark on a downhill hike, opt to rent a mule for the upwards journey, and snap photographs of the crater from the top. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Private 8-hour tour of Quilotoa Lake from Quito
  • Ideal for active travelers and lovers of the outdoors
  • Admire panoramic views of the crater lake from elevated lookout points
  • Hike downhill and opt to rent a mule for the uphill trek
  • Refreshments and hotel pickup and drop-off are included

Private tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off from/to centrally located hotels in Quito
Professional bilingual Guide
Bottle of purified water
Entrance fee and mule rent (currently there is no entrance fee for the Quilotoa lake)
Food and drinks
Tips
Personal expenses
Hotel pick-off and drop-off outside of the city. The extra cost can range from $30 till $70 depending on the number of passengers and location

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotels located outside this area will have an additional cost of between 30 and 60 dollars, depending on the number of travelers

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Your tour begins with pickup from your Quito hotel at 8:30am, when you’ll board a private vehicle destined for Quilotoa Lake, which was formed from the collapse of Ecuador’s westernmost volcano.

Midway through the 3-hour journey, you’ll stop at a traditional fruit and vegetable market before arriving at your first viewpoint, from which panoramic views of the turquoise lake and surrounding crater are revealed.

Hike downhill to get closer to the vibrant color of the lake and then opt to either rent a mule or hike back to the summit.

Your tour concludes with hotel drop-off in Quito.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Quito
All our tours start from the city of Quito in the central area as marked in the detail of the hotel area, upon departure your guide will offer a look at a viewpoint of the city for an explanation of the city of Quito, history, art and culture
Stop At:  
Saquisili
Depending on the day of the tour we can visit one of the indigenous markets that we can visit along the way such as: Thursday Saquisili Market, Wednesday and Sunday Pujili Market and Saturday Zumbahua Market
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pujili
Depending on the day of the tour we can visit one of the indigenous markets that we can visit along the way such as: Thursday Saquisili Market, Wednesday and Sunday Pujili Market and Saturday Zumbahua Market
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Zumbahua
Depending on the day of the tour we can visit one of the indigenous markets that we can visit along the way such as: Thursday Saquisili Market, Wednesday and Sunday Pujili Market and Saturday Zumbahua Market
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Canon del Rio Toachi
a splendid viewpoint of the Toachi river canyon, a short stop but you will enjoy it to the fullest
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Quilotoa
Upon arrival we will first visit the viewpoint, which offers you a stunning view of the 3-kilometre wide greenish lake and surrounding mountains. This will also be the starting point for the adventurous hike downhill towards the lake, which will take about 30 minutes approximately. You can either choose to hike back up for about an hour approximately or rent a mule at the lake.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, weather may vary please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.
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