Quilotoa Crater Lake Day Tour

This one-day cultural tour takes us to one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America, the amazing Laguna Quilotoa, and surrounding villages. On day trips that occur on Thursdays, we start our day with a visit to the famous local market of Saquisilí. On Sundays, we visit the market in Pujili instead. Continuing our trip, we pass through the indigenous villages of the area which provide a fantastic chance to see the true Ecuador. When we arrive at the spectacular Quilotoa Crater Lake, we hike down to the Laguna and back up again in a stunning two-hour hike tour. Down there it is possible to go kayaking. It is also possible to hire mules for part of the trek. Paying special attention to the culture and rural life of indigenous Andean people, this Quilotoa day tour is a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of Ecuador in all of its forms.

Shared Tour: Thursdays and Sundays

Note: All times are approximate, EXCEPT starting time

Schedule Itinerary


Leave from Plaza Foch  (Juan Leon Mera and Mariscal Foch) or

Leave from Plaza San Blas (Caldas E1-83 y Pichincha)

09:30 Explore the market of Saquisili/Pujili (Thursday/Sunday)
10:15 Visit of native family house
10:45 Depart to Quilotoa Crater Lake
12:15 Arrive at Laguna Quilotoa & hike down to the lake to enjoy some free time to explore. Entrance fee $2 Mules rent $10 optional, Kayaking $3 optional
14:30 Lunch
15:30 Visit of Toachi Canyon Crater
18:15 Arrive in Quito

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* We also have a pick-up point in the old town, please provide us with your details about accommodation and we can arrange a meeting point in either La Mariscal or the Old Town.

* The tour is operated by a parent operator that reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations, or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

Private tour: professional and bilingual guide, private transportation from Hotel/Quilotoa/Hotel

Shared tour: professional and bilingual guide, lunch, transportation from/to Quito

Entrance fee $2, Tips for guide, Mule $10, kayaking $3 p.p.

Note: Private Tour does not include lunch

Necessary Equipment:

– Sunglasses – Sunscreen – Snacks
– Camera – Hiking boots
– Water – Waterproof jacket

Shared Tour: 50p.p (Thursdays and Sundays)

Private Tour:  1 pax $230 – 2 pax $115 – 3pax $85p.p (any day)

Full-Day Transportation: $200 – for a group 4 pax – 6 pax max (Spanish speaking driver)

*It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

We put a lot of effort into organizing the tour; therefore cancellations require 48hrs notice by which we would give you a 50% refund. Cancellations will not be refunded with a shorter time notice. This tour is operated by a third-party company.

*Quilotoa Lake shared tour guaranteed departure is on Thursdays, and Sundays

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