Bilingual guides providing information and assistance throughout the whole tour
Great way to escape from the city and return to Quito the same day.
Discover Laguna Quilotoa, an amazing emerald lagoon inside a volcano crater
This is a full day tour from Quito to visit the Quilotoa Lagoon, an incredible turquoise-colored lake located inside the caldera of an active volcano. On the way to Quilotoa, you will also stop to enjoy breakfast at the scenic Chuquiragua Lodge, located in the foothills of the Cotopaxi Volcano. This full-day tour is a great way to escape from the city and return to Quito the same day.
All year round
Hotel and hostel pickup
Hotel and hostel drop off
On the way to Quilotoa, we’ll stop at Stop at the Chuquiragua Lodge in the foothills of the Cotopaxi Volcano to enjoy scenic views and breakfast. After breakfast, we depart Chuquiragua Lodge to begin the trip to Quilotoa.
Ones we arrive at the Quilotoa Lagoon, we will visit the Quilotoa Mirador lookout point for a beautiful view of the lake, an extraordinary turquoise-blue lake. We will take some time to hike down with our guide to the shore of this beautiful crystal-blue lagoon and you will have free time to explore the lake.
After the lagoon, you will have a guided hike to the scenic nearby community of Quilotoa, located right next to the lagoon. We have our lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, your guide will bring you to some nearby artisan workshops and museums where you will be able to learn about the local culture. You will have the chance to visit the incredible Shalala Mirador for some of the most breathtaking views you’ve ever seen. Finally, we depart Quilotoa and begin the trip back to Quito.
05:30am - 06:30am
Direct hostel/hotel pick-up in Quito.
Stop at the Chuquiragua Lodge in the foothills of the Cotopaxi Volcano to enjoy scenic views and an optional breakfast
Depart Chuquiragua Lodge to begin the trip to Quilotoa.
Visit to the Toachi River Canyon lookout point.
Visit to the Shalala lookout point with some free time to enjoy the landscape.
Guided hike down to the shore of the Quilotoa Lagoon, where you can see this breathtaking volcanic lake up close
Free time to explore at the lake.
Lunch at a local restaurant (included with pass)
Free time to explore the Quilotoa community.
Depart Quilotoa and begin the trip back to Quito.
Direct drop-off at your hotel/hostel in Quito.
- Pick-up from hostel/hotel in Quito.
- Breakfast and lunch.
- All taxes and entrance fees.
- Transport to Cotopaxi viewing point.
- Transport to Quilotoa Lagoon.
- Guided tour to the lake.
- Visit local museums.
- Transport back to Quito.
- Evening meal.
- Make sure to bring appropriate clothing for high altitude climate.
- Wear sunscreen. The sun can be quite dangerous this close to the equator.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to cancel this tour or make any changes.
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.
What should I bring to the tour?
Because Cotopaxi’s weather is unpredictable, we recommend bringing: - Warm clothing, gloves, sunglasses, hiking shoes, a waterproof jacket, sunscreen, and cotton pants/trousers. Also take a bottle of water, energy drinks & snacks, walking sticks (optional), cash for personal expenses and tips, and a camera/video camera.
What time zone is used in Quito?
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What kind of weather can we find in Quito?
The warmest month is January. From February to April and October, it can be hot and humid but also rainy. The coolest month is May, and the wettest month is April. The average year-round temperature varies from 10°C to 20°C.
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