Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito

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From $59.59

32 reviews   (4.53)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 8 hours

Departs: Quito, Quito

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This one-day Ecuadorian cultural tour takes you to one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America, the amazing Laguna Quilotoa, and its surrounding villages and markets.

What's Included


Professional and bilingual guide

Transportation from/to Quito's meeting point

What's Not Included


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Kayak rent $4p.p

Mules rent $10p.p

Quilotoa entrance fee ($2)

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 5 - 80

Additional Info

  • Necessary Equipment: Sunglasses and sun cream, Water and snacks, Camera, Hiking shoes, Big bag for shopping, Waterproof jacket
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health

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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers

What To Expect

Laguna Quilotoa
Start your day with a visit to the famous local market of Saquisilí. On Sundays, when the market is closed, you'll visit the first missionary church in Ecuador, located in Pujili. Continuing on, you'll pass through the indigenous villages of the area which provide a fantastic chance to witness true Ecuadorian culture.

Arriving at the spectacular Laguna Quilotoa, you'll hike down to the Laguna and back in a stunning 45 min hike down and 1-hour hike up. It is possible to hire mules for part of the trek. Paying special attention to the culture and rural life of indigenous Andean people, this trip is a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of Ecuador in all of its forms.


07:00 - Depart from meeting point.

09:30 - Explore Saquisili/Pujili (Thursday/Sunday) and visit a native family.

10:30 - Depart to Laguna Quilotoa

13:00 - Begin descent to the Laguna

14:00 - Explore the Laguna shore

14:30 - Begin ascent to the Laguna viewpoint / mules rent $8 *optional

15:30 - Lunch (included)

16:30 - Arrive to Tigua Art community gallery

19:00 - Return to “Magic Bean“ restaurant (Juan Leon Mera and Mariscal Foch).

8 hours • Admission Ticket Free


Amazing day trip
maddie562, 26-11-2022
We had a wonderful private day trip tour with Ecuatraveling to Quilotoa! Our guide, Andres, was really welcoming, knowledgeable and willing to be flexible to what our group wanted to do. We were picked up from our hotel in Quito around 8 am, and had a ~3 hour drive to Quilotoa, stopping at local markets and scenic lookouts. Quilotoa itself was stunning and we hiked the ~1.7km down to the lake where we rented kayaks.
Amazing experience. highly recommend it.
dominick1964, 09-08-2022
This tour is usually done with combo with Cotopaxi. We used Grayline Ecuador. $65 PP. Well worth it. Tour takes around 12 hours Quito. DO NOT BOOK WITH OTHER AGENSIS. Some of them charge more money and sell it to operators like Grayline.
An amazing day trip in Ecuadorian nature!
Vamsi_D, 15-03-2022
This was an incredible trip to Lake Quilotoa, which is a simply breathtaking volcanic crater in the Ecuadorian Andes. I cannot recommend this trip enough for anyone looking to see some of the natural beauty of Ecuador, but who either cannot or does not want to do a several days trip. The day starts out early, leaving from Quito and driving south to Quilotoa. There are several stops along the way, to see the volcanoes, and visit a local market and indigenous shop. Gabriel, my guide, did an amazing job explaining the history of the area and the people. After reaching Quilotoa, we had approximately 3 hours to hike down and back up the volcano, which is an amazing experience. The hike is rather steep and difficult, but i think it’s very doable. After, we ate lunch and headed back home. It was a long day, with about 7 hours in total of driving in the bus, but it was an amazing way to see some of Ecuador outside of the cities. Both the host and driver were extremely gracious, and I always felt safe. I definitely recommend this trip!
A wonderful tour!!!
Rachel_L, 12-07-2021
We had a wonderful time on this tour!! The tour guide Alex, was absolutely phenomenal; he was friendly, funny and knowledgeable!! He made the tour exciting and had such a great energy! The tour was great, would recommend to small groups or solo! My only recommendation would be is to bring good hiking shoes!! 10/10, would do this again! :)
Fantastic experience!
511martinaa, 29-06-2021
I enjoyed the tour a lot. Alex, the guide was very prepared, always willing to answer your questions and help you out and flexible. The driver (another Alex) was careful and the trip was pleasant. The minivan was spacious and covid friendly.

We respected the schedule and learnt a lot about Quito and surroundings and Ecuador in general. I really recommend it!

Thank you!

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