3 Days Trip To Cotopaxi & Baños


3 Days Trip To Cotopaxi & Baños

  • See the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano and the Quilotoa lagoon

  • Visit the famous “Swing at the End of the World” at La Casa del Árbol

  • Professional, bilingual guides tell you all the inside information of each spot

This is a 3 day short tour to the stunning Cotopaxi Volcano and to Baños, considered the adventure capital of Ecuador. On the way, we’ll make a stop at the Quilotoa Lagoon, an unbelievable turquoise lake in the caldera of an active volcano. Once in Baños, you’ll enjoy a number of wonderful activities set against a beautiful backdrop of waterfalls and tropical greenery.


All year round




Hotel and hostel pickup


Hotel and hostel drop off



Start Time

7:00 am


At 06:30 am, we will pick you up from your hostel or hotel in Quito to begin the trip to Cotopaxi, where you will be able to see panoramic views of the famous Cotopaxi Volcano. Around 7:45 am when we arrive at Chuquiragua Lodge also, we will have breakfast there with generous portions to keep you energized for a full day of exploring Cotopaxi National Park.

At 9 am, we will enter Cotopaxi National Park and visit the interpretation center. If you are lucky, you will have the chance to spot some of the park’s native wildlife. Species that call the park home include wolves, rabbits, bears, and condors. After 1 hour, we will hike to the Limpiopungo Lagoon, a stunning glacial lake in the shadow of the Cotopaxi Volcano and at midday, you can visit the José Rivas Refuge, the main base camp for the volcano. Hike to the surface of a massive glacier before continuing to a scenic lookout point to take in some unbelievable panoramic views of the Cotopaxi Volcano. Then we return to the Chuquiragua Lodge for an afternoon lunch surrounded by gorgeous landscapes and you will have the rest of the day for free to enjoy free use of the spa area at the Chuquiragua Lodge, including both a jacuzzi and sauna. Massages are also available at an extra cost.

We start the second day having breakfast at the hotel, at 8:45 am we depart Chuquiragua Lodge. Around 10 am, we arrive at Quilotoa Village where we will take in a view overlooking the Quilotoa Lagoon, an unbelievable turquoise-colored lake located right inside the caldera of an active volcano. In the afternoon, we will arrive Baños and you have free time until 4 pm. At that time, we are going to visit the famous “Swing at the End of the World” at La Casa del Árbol where you can look out at the epic Tungurahua Volcano and the vast Ecuadorian wilderness below.

You will have a free evening in Baños, you can visit the nearby thermal baths which gave Baños its name and go for a relaxing dip in these healing pools.

After the breakfast the third day, we will pick you up at 8:45 am from the meeting point Juan Montalvo Park to go visit the stunning Pailon del Diablo (Devil’s Cauldron) waterfall. You can ride a cable car over the Pastaza River and experience one of the most extraordinary sights you have ever seen, with 360° views of waterfalls, mountains, and beautiful jungle landscapes.

At 11:30 for an extra cost of $ 20 USD, you can visit the San Martín Adventure Park for zip-lining, canopy walks, rock climbing, trekking and more. Depart Baños in the late afternoon and begin the trip back to Quito, we will drop you off at your hotel/hostel in Quito.

Ticket Price(USD)
TOUR PRICE (All ages) 169.00 (USD)

DAY 1 / 06:30 am

Pick-up from your hostel or hotel in Quito

DAY 1 / 07:45am

Arrive at the Chuquiragua Lodge and catch your first views of Cotopaxi volcano

DAY 1 / 08:15am


DAY 1 / 09:00am

Hike to the Limpiopungo Lagoon

DAY 1 / 12:30pm

Visit the José Rivas Refuge, the main base camp for the volcano

DAY 1 / 03:30pm


DAY 1 / 04:30pm

Free afternoon in Chuquiragua Lodge

DAY 2 / 07:00am


DAY 2 / 08:15am

Depart Chuquiragua Lodge.

DAY 2 / 10:15am

Arrive at Quilotoa Village

DAY 2 / 01:45pm

Arrive at Baños

DAY 2 / 04:00pm

Visit the famous “Swing at the End of the World” at La Casa del Árbol

DAY 2 / 06:00pm

Free evening in Baños

DAY 3 / 07:00am


DAY 3 / 8:45am

Pick-up at Juan Montalvo Park

DAY 3 / 9:00am

Visit the stunning Pailon del Diablo (Devil’s Cauldron) waterfall.

DAY 3 / 11:30am

Optional visit to the San Martín Adventure Park

DAY 3 / 02:45pm

Depart Baños

DAY 3 / 10:00pm

Drop off in hotel/ hostel Quito


- Direct pick-up from hostel/hotel in Quito.
- Transport to viewing point for the impressive Cotopaxi Volcano.
- Transport to viewing point for the breathtaking, turquoise-colored Quilotoa Lagoon.
- Transport to the town of Baños.
- Visit to the famous “Swing at the End of the World” at La Casa del Árbol for stunning views.
- Transport to viewing point for the majestic Pailon del Diablo waterfall.
- Cable car ride over the river for incredible panoramic views.
- 3 breakfasts.
- All taxes and entrance fees.
- Overnight stays at the Chuquiragua Lodge in the foothills of the Cotopaxi Volcano.
- Overnight stays at a top-quality accommodation in Baños.
- Transport back to your hotel or hostel in Quito.


- Lunch
- Evening meals.


- Make sure to bring appropriate clothing for high altitude climate.
- Wear sunscreen. The sun can be quite dangerous this close to the equator.
- Bring insect repellent for your stay in Baños.


CHANGES: Changes to the time and date of this tour are free until 6:00pm (Quito time) 2 days before the tour begins. After this time there is a 100% change fee.

CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel before 6:00pm (Quito time) 7 days before the tour begins, there is a 20% administration fee. Within 7 days of the departure, 40% of the ticket price. Within 3 days of the departure, 60% of the ticket price. Within 24 hours of departure, a no show, or after departure 100% cancellation fee.

Please email bookings@findlocaltrips.com to cancel this tour or make any changes.

  1. What should I bring to the tour?

    You should bring comfortable clothes, walking shoes, water, a camera/video camera, and cash for personal expenses.

  2. What kind of weather can we find in Quito?

    The average year-round temperature varies from 10°C to 20°C. In February, March, April, and October, it can be hot and humid, but also rainy. The warmest month is January, the coolest month is May, the driest month is July, and the wettest month is April.

  3. What time zone is used in Quito?

    Local time in Quito is GMT -5.

  4. I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations as I’m making my booking. What should I select?

    This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation.


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