Quilotoa Crater Lake | 1 Day | From QUITO, ECUADOR

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  • Trek the amazing Quilotoa Lake on a trip from Quito!
  • Visit a local market and learn about indigenous culture in Ecuador.
  • Take in the breathtaking views of the lagoon at 3,800 m.
  • Meet a local family and see how they live.
  • Explore one of Ecuador’s best natural wonders on this day trip.

  • Save your place with a small deposit today. Pay the rest later.
  • Deposit 100% refundable until 48h before your start date.
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Trek the incredible Quilotoa crater lake on a day trip from Quito! 

At around 7 am you will be picked up from Plaza Foch.

Depending on the day you have booked the tour, you will visit one of two indigenous markets. On Thursdays, you will head to Saquisili market and on Sunday, the trip will stop at Pujili market. You will have some time here to explore, buy snacks or gifts for the local family you will be going to visit. This is not expected but always received gratefully. 

Once you arrive at the native family house you will have some time to look around and speak to them about their lives in Ecuador. During this section of the tour, you will learn why guinea pigs have also been so traditionally important to those living in the Andes. At around 10.45, your transport will depart ready to take you to Quilotoa Lake

The weather in the area around Quilotoa can be unpredictable so you are advised to wear warm layers and also a waterproof jacket. Sturdy footwear will be needed for the hike. Quilotoa crater lake is located at 3,800 m above sea level so you are always advised to allow at least one day to acclimatise. Once you arrive, you will hike down to the bottom, this is estimated to take around half-hour. 

Once you reach the bottom, there is the option to rent kayaks ($3USD pp, not included). The walk back up can be tough and lasts around an hour.  Those who are finding the altitude tough or don’t fancy the hike up, can rent a mule for $10USD (not included). 

After you have hiked the Quilotoa crater, lunch will be provided. Please let the operator know of any dietary requirements. The final part of the day will be a visit to the Toachi Canyon Crater, an impressive viewpoint over the surrounding landscape. You will return to Quito to arrive around 6.15 pm, however, all times are approximate (except start time). 

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit.
  • This depòsit is fully refundable up until 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • If you are unable to agree on a date or the organiser cannot meet your requirements, your deposit is automatically returned to you in full.
  • There is no refund for cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • The rest of the payment for the experience is payable to the organiser, either upon arrival at the destination or before in some cases, if the organiser requires it. The organiser will arrange this with you.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the trip organiser, is entirely based on the organiser’s own Terms and Conditions.
  • Please read our customer Terms and Conditions for more information.


What should I bring?

  • Hiking boots
  • Warm layers
  • Sunglasses
  • Suncream
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera

How high is Quilotoa Crater Lake?

Quilotoa crater lake is situated 3,800 m above sea level.

How long do I need to acclimatise for this trip?

We recommend you leave at least one day to acclimatise for this trip. If possible, 3-4 days would be better.

What's Included

What’s Included:

  • Bilingual professional guide
  • Return transport from Quito
  • Lunch

What’s Not Included:

  • Optional mule ride back up ($10USD)
  • Optional kayaking ($3USD per person)
  • Tips for guide
  • Breakfast
  • Toilet stops (some have a fee for use)


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