Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito

Quito, Ecuador

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Experience the spectacular scenery of the Ecuadorian Andes on this full-day tour from Quito. Visit the traditional market towns of Saquisili and Pujili; enjoy a thrilling trek around the Quilotoa Crater Lagoon; and explore the indigenous villages of the Tigua community. Lunch is included.
  • Full-day Quilotoa Crater Lagoon and indigenous villages tour from Quito
  • Explore the traditional markets of Saquisili or Pujili
  • Hike around the Quilotoa Crater Lagoon
  • Tuck into a typical Ecuadorian lunch
  • Learn about Ecuador’s indigenous people with a visit to the Tigua community
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience

Transportation from and to Quito’s meeting point
24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish
Optional mule rent ($10).
30 min kayak trip in the lagoon ($5).
Additional food and drinks.
optional tips for guide
Personal expenses.
Personal health & travel insurance.

Departure Point

1: Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador
2: Plaza Foch, Quito 170143, Ecuador

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and small group of up to 15 people in central Quito. Traveling aboard a comfortable air-conditioned bus, soak up the scenery on the scenic journey through the Andes.

The first stop of the day is the market town of either Saquisili (Thursday) or Pujili (Sunday), where you’ll have chance to browse the lively markets and get a taste of local life.

Continue to the Quilotoa Lagoon, a glittering crater lake formed inside an ancient caldera. Set out on a hike, exploring the lakeside, then climbing up to a viewpoint to enjoy spectacular views over the crater. It’s an easy to moderate hike, but mules are available for hire (extra cost) to help with the uphill stretches.

After tucking into some typical Highlands cuisine for lunch (included), stop by the villages of the Tigua community on the return journey and learn more about Ecuador’s rich indigenous heritage.

Your tour ends back in Quito.
Stop At:  
Mercado Indigena
Explore Saquisili/Pujili (Thursday/Sunday) and visit local markets of the town. You will also get the chance to visit a native family.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Laguna Quilotoa
Hike and explore the Quilotoa Crater and Lagoon, one of the most beautiful lagoons in South America. You will begin the descent to the lake at around 1:00 PM. After you arrive, you will have the chance to enjoy the views from the shore of the lake inside the crater. At 2:30 you will begin ascent to the viewpoint.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
After lunch, you will be driven to visit the town of Tigua. At arrival you will get to know the Tigua community. Your will learn about the paintings created by the community. After that you will return to Quito.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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 don’t be late because the bus won’t 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, don’t 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

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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