Private Quilotoa Enchanted Crater Lake

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21 reviews   (5.00)

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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 full-day cultural tour begins with a visit to a local indigenous market at Saquilisilí or an historic church in Pujilí (Thursday/Sunday). The drive to Laguna Quilotoa displays a beautiful view of the Andean mountains, passing the ancient canyon of Zumbahua and many indigenous towns and farmlands. Before arriving at Quilotoa we will visit and incredible local gallery in Tigua, where we will have a short painting class to learn about the ancient techniques in this charming town. The tour includes a hike down into the Laguna Quilotoa, a sparkling emerald lake inside the inactive volcano crater. The return hike takes one hour, or there is the option of renting a mule for $12. We will arrive back to Quito in the early evening.

We will arrive back to Quito in the early evening.

What's Included

Fees and entrance to Quilotoa reserve, hike to the lake.


Transportation: Comfortable land transportation.

Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure trip leader

What's Not Included

Optional rent of a horse/mule ($12) on the way back up from the lake



Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 3 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

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

We will visit The Quilotoa lagoon, one of the most beautiful volcanic lagoons on the planet. The most significant feature of this lagoon, with a depth of 250 meters, is its turquoise green waters. The Quilotoa is the westernmost volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes, within its crater a caldera with a diameter of almost 9 km has been formed. We will hike down to appreciate how the minerals have given the surface a greenish and bluish hue when it is hit by sunlight. Inside, there are springs that, from the shore, can be seen as bubbling trails that rise to the surface.

6 hours • Admission Ticket Free

We will visit the traditional Tigua town, where artists have always been known for decorating masks and drums for their festivals with precision and vibrant color. Their talented hands create an extravaganza of color and beauty that is beyond what would be expected from self-taught artists. Once in here you will have a painting lesson with the ancestral technique of painting on a sheepskin. You will take your creation as a souvenir to remember this unconventional experience.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Canon del Rio Toachi
We will visit the viewpoint of Toachi Canyon, a great geographical accident in the form of a gigantic ravine that partly crosses the reserve and is visible from a natural viewpoint in the vicinity of Sigchos. This geographical feature has a viewpoint to appreciate its beautiful landscape in whose deep interior runs the Toachi River, the main hydrographic axis of the Area.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included


Muy placentera
Papuviajera, 22-01-2021
Una experiencia increíble gracias a Inspiring Ecuador por su seriedad. Sus guías con su profesionalismo y empatia nos asistieron durante todo el viaje. En este tiempo de pandemia cumplieron con las nornas de bioseguridad.
Deja de soñar y hazlo realidad
R2000URpamelac, 22-01-2021
Constantemente nos estasmos preguntando: ¿como ser felices?, y la respuesta es fácil, solo necesitamos arriesgarnos, cojer la maleta, activar un tour y abrir tu mente para la experiencia, es una suerte que en el camino a esta locura sepas encontrar personas que sinceramente alegran el viaje y te alegran la decisión que tomaste, no pierdas el tiempo viaja en la mejor compañia.
Regreso a la Naturaleza
MarthaCVA, 22-01-2021
Excelente organización previa al viaje, información detallada sobre lo que debemos llevar, puntos de encuentro, pude comprobar que si se cumplieron con los protocolos de bioseguridad cada vez que subíamos al transporte como: desinfección de calzado antes de ingresar, toma de temperatura, desinfección de la ropa, alcohol para manos y que todos llevemos mascarilla dentro y fuera del bus.
Muy buen guía con mucho conocimiento del entorno, conoce muy bien la ruta y la localidad.
Sin duda alguna volvería a viajar con Inspiring Ecuador. Les recomiendo.
Linda experiencia
franciscovE5335TL, 22-01-2021
Super linda experiencia y lindo grupo la pasamos muy bien. Nos llevaron por lugares muy bonitos. Los recomiendo mucho.
Una excelente agencia de turismo
AndyG2851, 22-01-2021
Son una agencia grandiosa! de los tres viajes que he realizado con Inspiring he quedado muy satisfecha del servicio, las aventuras, su conocimiento y sobretodo esa pasión que le meten a reactivar al turismo y dar una mano a las comunidades a las que vamos. Gracias Inspiring por ser ese enlace tan necesario para ayudarnos entre todos y valorar cada rincón de nuestro hermoso país.

Les deseo lo mejor, siempre considero a Inspiring en mis recomendaciones y sin duda seguiré con más tours con ellos porque sé que estoy en las mejores manos.

¡Éxitos siempre!

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