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Departs: Quito, Quito

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Up to 24 hours in advance.

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What's Included

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Certified English speaking guide


Mentioned itinerary and visits

Private transportation

What's Not Included


Mules or horses ride

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 5 - 90

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • It is responsibility of every traveler that he/she is adequately insured against personal accidents and medical expenses during his/her trip to Ecuador, as well as having travel cancellation and baggage insurance to protect him/her.
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • 10 C° - 18 C° / 50 F° - 64,4 F
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Our guides and drivers will follow vehicle cleaning and personal care protocols, with disinfectant products during the tour.
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

This amazing and comfortable cultural private day trip starts at 8:00 a.m., from your hotel in Quito, driving through the "Avenue of the Volcanoes", and with a visit to the local indian Saquisili Market (Thursday)!

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Cotopaxi Province
The drive to Quilotoa Lake displays stunning views of the Andean mountains, passing the ancient canyon of the Toachi River, many indigenous communities and farmlands. Before lunch, in the location known as “Huayra Pungo”, we will visit a local indigenous hut, where you will have the opportunity to interact with the inhabitants of the hut and perhaps, to learn few Kichwa words, which is the native language of this region!

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Canon del Rio Toachi
After this especial life experience, sharing some minutes with local people, you'll have lunch at a local charming restaurant! Then we have the opportunity to visit the local and unique market of Zumbahua (Saturday), where we are able to see the ancestral trading system of exchanging goods without any currency, called trueque!

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Laguna Quilotoa
The tour includes a steep hike down into Quilotoa Crater, where is a sparkling-emerald-lake inside the extinct volcano, located at 3.600 meters above sea level (11,811 ft). The way back to the top, where the parking area is located, takes about one hour, or there is an option of renting a mule or a horse, with a comfortable settle, for your way back!!

It is going to be very helpful and comfortable being on a private tour, due to the high altitude, so you'll be assisted by your tour guide every moment, and especially you'll take your time in every activity to make this day trip the best lifetime experience!

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Quilotoa with an amazing driver and guide.
FarAway604826, 23-10-2022
Seeing the Quilotoa Crater Lake in person was awe-inspiring. We had a fantastic driver; Carlos, and an equally great tour guide; Andy. She gave us a real feel for being Ecuadorian. Explained the history, geographical features, and the government. Carlos stopped at a roadside stand to buy us the local fruits, and Andy explained them, as well as the local dishes. Got to try the local dishes at lunch, along with the fruits.
The canyons we spectacular. Carlos and Andy truly made this a very enjoyable trip, and a special memory for us.
Great Last Day in Ecuador
GoPlaces216542, 09-05-2022
We had a wonderful time on this tour for our last day in Ecuador (after visiting Galapagos & the Amazon). Everything was excellent! Luis was so helpful in arranging the details for our group of 6, including an airport drop off. Raul was a marvelous guide sharing both his knowledge and passion for Ecuador in general, and the highlands we visited at Quilotoa Crater. And he and his father (our driver) were very accommodating to our needs and customized things along the way with ease and grace.
AngelaVB757, 22-10-2021
Amazing experience! Driving through the Andes mountains was a surreal experience. Luis was a very polite and informative guide!
Fantastic trip to Quilotoa with Wilson
Getaway772325, 27-09-2021
The entire trip was excellent. We spent the entire day with Wilson - I can't imagine a more affable, experienced or engaging guide. Initially we thought that 3+ hours each way from Quito would seem long a long day - but every part of the trip was interesting. We stopped at a native art gallery, the busy local market in the rural town of Zambahua, and hiked down to the edge of the lake at Quilotoa (a somewhat steep mile at 9-10,000 feet). Getting up into the Andes and experiencing the native people, culture and vistas is highly recommended if you have an extra day in Quito (with a special request for Wilson if available)
Amazing Quilotoa
StephanL204, 05-12-2020
Great experience with Luis conducting a tour. It was a last minute substitute for Cotopaxi due to closure of national parks on Mondays. Luis offered a superb alternative on short notice, amazing lagoon (w/ hike down and horse up for some) and very interesting hut house of indigenous folks.

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