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Quilotoa Lagoon
Quilotoa Lagoon was formed when a now-extinct volcano collapsed and the resulting crater was filled with a startling emerald-green lake, the color resulting from volcanic minerals. Just south of Quito, the village and lagoon of Quilotoa have become a popular day-trip destination, affording spectacular views and photo opportunities.
 
The Basics
Most visitors choose to discover Quilotoa Lagoon on a full-day tour from Quito. A typical tour itinerary includes a scenic drive along the Avenue of Volcanoes, stopping at villages, such as Latacunga, Tigua, or Pujili, along the way. Walking paths meander up and down along the crater, and the complete hike around the rim takes about four hours. It’s also possible to descend from the rim of the crater to the lake below, either by hiking or hiring a mule.
 
An overnight tour means you can spend more time exploring or combine it with a visit to the nearby Cotopaxi National Park.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is an entrance fee to access the lake viewpoints and walking trails.
  • The lake is located at high altitude, and if you’ve just arrived in Quito, it’s recommended to spend a couple of days acclimatizing before hiking or biking.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water if you plan on walking around the crater.
 
How to Get There
The Quilotoa Lagoon is about a 3-hour drive southwest of Quito. There is no public transport to the lagoon, and the easiest way to get there is to join a guided tour or arrange a private tour from Quito.

When to Get There
It’s possible to visit the Quilotoa Lagoon all year-round, and there is little variation in temperatures throughout the year. The most popular time for hiking and outdoor activities is during the dry months from July to September.
 
Hiking the Quilotoa Loop
For a more challenging hike, the Quilotoa Loop is a 125-mile (201-kilometer) circuit starting in Latacunga and winding its way through mountain valleys, along grassy plains, and through lively market towns. The 3- to 4-day trek offers incredible viewpoints of the Andes mountains, passing through Andean villages, such as Zumbahua, Chugchilán, and Sigchos, and encircling the famous crater lake of Quilotoa.

Address: Laguna de Quilotoa, Quilotoa, Ecuador
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Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito

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Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito

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Journey to the beautiful Quilotoa volcano, driving through stunning mountain scenery and stopping to visit local Andean communities, during this day trip from Quito. Travel along the spectacular ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ passing beneath its towering peaks, eventually stopping at a village of an indigenous community, to explore a local home and learn about their daily life. Finish your day with a trip to the lagoon inside Quilotoa volcano. This day trip includes a guide, entrance fees, round-trip hotel transport, and lunch.
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Quilotoa Lagoon and Indian Markets in One Day from Quito

Quilotoa Lagoon and Indian Markets in One Day from Quito

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Don’t let limited time in Ecuador stop you visiting the majestic Quilotoa Lagoon, an emerald crater lake surrounded by mountain landscapes. Reach the natural wonder the easy way on this full-day tour from Quito, ideal for nature lovers. Stop at a traditional craft market before arriving in Quilotoa National Park and opting to hike or ride a mule (own expense) to the rim of the dormant volcano. Lunch and transfers are included.
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Quilotoa Shared Day Trip from Quito

Quilotoa Shared Day Trip from Quito

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Journey to the majestic Quilotoa Lagoon, exploring local Andean communities on the way, during this day trip from Quito. Discover Ecuador like a local as you visit a range of indigenous communities en route to this famous lagoon. Depending on the day you might visit a local market or sit down and chat with a local Andean family. Then enjoy a hiking trek to Quilotoa, eventually reaching the stunning body of water inside the crater of this now-dormant volcano. Your trip also includes a guide, lunch and round-trip transport from Quito.
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  • 12 hours
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2-Day Cotopaxi National Park and Quilotoa Lagoon

2-Day Cotopaxi National Park and Quilotoa Lagoon

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Designed to delight lovers of natural landscapes, this 2-day tour from Quito transports you to two of Ecuador’s natural highlights, Cotopaxi National Park and the Quilotoa Lagoon. Travel with ease through volcanic landscapes, hike to the summit of the Cotopaxi Volcano, go downhill bike riding, and visit the indigenous markets of Saquisili and Pujili. Plus, you’ll trek to the shores of the Quilotoa Lagoon. One night accommodation, four meals, and all activities are included on this tour, which requires a good level of fitness.
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  • 2 days
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Cultural Tour Laguna Quilotoa: Hiking and Descent to the Lagoon all included

Cultural Tour Laguna Quilotoa: Hiking and Descent to the Lagoon all included

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- All Inclusive: Professional Bilingual Guide, Lunch and Tourist Visits. - Tourist Transport from Quito - Quilotoa - Quito - Hiking and horseback riding on the same tour if you decide to return on horseback - Visit indigenous market - Visit indigenous house - Visit Mirador del Quilotoa - Visit and descent to Laguna del Quilotoa - Visit to the Toachi River Canyon - Professionalism and Quality of Service - Shared Tour: Every Thursday and Sunday - Private Tour: Every day.
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  • 11 hours
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2-Day Tour of Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa Lagoon with hotel

2-Day Tour of Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa Lagoon with hotel

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You can’t miss the volcanoes when visiting Quito. Explore two of them during this 2-day adventure. Leaving Quito, head south down the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ to arrive at Cotopaxi National Park for an Andean-style breakfast. Continue onto to Limpiopungo Lake for hiking and mountain biking through subalpine forests and meadows on your way to Chuquiragua Lodge in Machachi. The adventure continues on Day 2 as we travel to Quilotoa Lagoon, set within an ancient caldera, stopping along the way at a nearby village for lunch and a taste of indigenous culture.
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  • 2 days
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Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito - Private Tours

Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito - Private Tours

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Quilotoa Lagoon is a beautiful place in Ecuador that you must visit. The landscape is amazing. The caldera was formed by the collapse of a volcano following a catastrophic eruption about 600 years ago. We can go down walking, do kayac and return by mule, it is an awesome experience.
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Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off -

Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off - "Small Group"

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Check out two of Ecuador’s top natural attractions—the Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa lagoon—and their natural landscapes with ease on this day trip from Quito. Head to Cotopaxi National Park to see its snow-capped volcano—stopping to drink coca leaf tea on route to reduce altitude sickness—before visiting Limpiopungo Lagoon and Quilotoa’s turquoise caldera lagoon. Plus, during your trip, stop to browse a local market or two.
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  • 12 hours
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Quilotoa Crater Lake and Indian Market Private Tour

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Quilotoa Crater Lake and Indian Market Private Tour

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Let a guide accompany you on the steep, downhill path to the shores of Quilotoa, a picturesque crater lake nestled in the Ecuadorian Andes. On this private day trip from Quito, you’ll visit an indigenous market where local farmers and craftspeople trade their goods. En route, admire stunning landscapes via the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Lunch and private vehicle included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Private Quilotoa Lagoon Tour from Quito

Private Quilotoa Lagoon Tour from Quito

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The Quilotoa Lagoon is one of the most picturesque destinations in the Ecuadorian Andes, but many tours only pay a quick visit. This private full-day tour from Quito offers ample time to admire the scenery, trek around the lakeside, or visit the surrounding villages. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito

Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito

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Experience the spectacular scenery of the Ecuadorian Andes on this full-day tour from Quito. Visit the traditional market towns of Saquisili and Pujili; enjoy a thrilling trek around the Quilotoa Crater Lagoon; and explore the indigenous villages of the Tigua community. Lunch is included.
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  • 12 hours
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Cotopaxi & Quilotoa 2Day/1Night - All included with accommodation

Cotopaxi & Quilotoa 2Day/1Night - All included with accommodation

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This short tour to Cotopaxi and Quilotoa makes for a great 2-day escape from Quito. The first day you will travel to the Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and a truly majestic sight. This tour will give you the chance to explore the incredible Cotopaxi National Park. The second day, you will travel a couple more hours to visit the Quilotoa Lagoon, an unbelievable turquoise-colored lake located in the caldera of an active volcano.
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  • 2 days
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2-Day Private Tour to Quilotoa Lagoon and Baños Village from Quito

2-Day Private Tour to Quilotoa Lagoon and Baños Village from Quito

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Calling all outdoor adventurers, this 2-day tour from Quito covers the Quilotoa Lagoon and Baños, the adventure capital of Ecuador. Travel along the Avenue of Volcanoes, ride through indigenous craft villages on a mule, and hike downhill to the Quilotoa Lagoon. Plus, you’ll visit the Agoyan Pailón del Diablo and Manto de la Novia waterfalls in Baños. One night standard or premium accommodation, select meals, entrance fees, and transport from Quito are included.
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Hiking Day-Trip to Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito

Hiking Day-Trip to Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito

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Hike to the spectacular Quilotao Lagoon on a full-day, guided hiking trip from Quito that includes transport, a market visit, and lunch at a local restaurant. You’ll encounter vibrant Andean cultures, trek into a collapsed volcanic caldera, and visit a mountain village known for traditional artwork. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people for personal service from the guides.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito

Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito

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Spend the day exploring the stunning natural landscapes of Ecuador on this full-day Quilotoa Lake hiking tour from Quito. Your expert guide will lead you through tropical forests to one of the area's most beautiful lagoons. Make stops at a quiet village and local markets as part of this incredible day away from the city.
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Explore the Ecuadorian Andes & Amazon in 6 Days | From Quito

Explore the Ecuadorian Andes & Amazon in 6 Days | From Quito

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Gain a comprehensive overview of Ecuador’s diverse landscape on this 6-day tour of the Ecuadorian Andes and Amazon, with hassle-free round-trip transportation included from Quito. Avoid hidden costs with all meals, equipment, and accommodation included as per itinerary and receive personalized attention from your professional guide throughout your private experience.
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Vuelta al Cratér Volcán Quilotoa 11 Km Trekking. Tour Privado. Max 5 personas

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Vuelta al Cratér Volcán Quilotoa 11 Km Trekking. Tour Privado. Max 5 personas

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Esta vez nos vamos a darle la vuelta al cráter del Quilotoa, una caldera llena de agua de 3 kilómetros de ancho que se formó por el colapso de este volcán hace aproximadamente 812 años. Empezaremos a caminar en el mirador principal de la laguna para darle la vuelta en sentido horario por un sendero de tierra y arena donde sortearemos algunas subidas y bajadas que les vuelven desafiantes a los 11 kilómetros del recorrido, siempre acompañados de paisajes espectaculares del callejón interandino. 
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Quilotoa Lagoon

Quilotoa Lagoon

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See many volcanoes and understand why this region was named "The Avenue of the Volcanoes" by the German naturalist scientific Alexander von Humboldt. Mountains and green pastures are your companions on this journey. Visit a local market as part of the itinerary in order to discover new fruits, tubers and vegetables from the Inter-Andean region. Dare to taste on the way up a guinea pig that is roasted above hot charcoal, this meat is considered a delicacy to people who are living in the rural areas. Finally find the mystical lagoon of the gods.
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  • 9 hours
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Quilotoa Full Day Tour from Quito with entrances, small groups

Quilotoa Full Day Tour from Quito with entrances, small groups

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Laguna Quilotoa, a blue-green volcanic crater lake, sits in the rugged Andean countryside south of Quito. With this tour, escape the busy streets of Quito for an all-inclusive day in the Andes, and see Quilotoa Lake from two different lookouts on the crater rim with views of Cotopaxi in the distance. En route back to Quito, spend some time craft workshops in Tigua and La Victoria.
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  • 11 hours
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Quilotoa Lagoon Full Day

Quilotoa Lagoon Full Day

The Illinizas Ecological Reserve, we find the Quilotoa lagoon, with an average diameter of three kilometers and a depth of 270 meters, its green color is due to the minerals it has and the reflection of the sky, it also becomes turquoise when the Low temperature during the night. Located at an altitude of 3883 meters above sea level, with an excellent view of the landscape. Itinerary • Meeting Point in Magic Bean, La Mariscal, Mariscal Foch E5-20, Quito 170143, Ecuador at 6h45 AM • Discovering the native market of Saquisili o Pujili. • Visiting the native family. • A short stop in Tigua, a little village of painters. • The viewpoint of Toachi canyon. • Walking to the bottom of the Quilotoa lagoon. • Lunch in a local restaurant. • Driving back to Quito.
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  • 8 hours
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Quilotoa, Culture and Hiking from Quito !!!! ALL DAYS !!! BY ECUADORTREASURE

Quilotoa, Culture and Hiking from Quito !!!! ALL DAYS !!! BY ECUADORTREASURE

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Let a guide work out the transportation details on a day trip from Quito to Quilotoa, so you can make the most of your destination. Enjoy views of the Ecuadorian Andes and hike down to the shores of the shimmering caldera lake, where emerald-colored waters reach deep in the extinct volcano. Stops are made at the indigenas market and the Quichua community of Zumbahua before lunch.
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4-Day Magic Tour Quito, Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, Baños,Chimborazo, and Cuenca

4-Day Magic Tour Quito, Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, Baños,Chimborazo, and Cuenca

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If you’re short on time and want to see all that Ecuador has to offer, take a comprehensive four-day tour.  Three nights accommodation and transportation is included between your visits to Quito, Banos, Cuenca, and more. Every step of the way, your private guide will be with you to narrate your experience. Where you begin is up to you, as the tour can begin from either Quito or Cuenca.
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  • 4 days
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2-Day Cotopaxi Volcano & Quilotoa Lagoon Overnight Excursion from Quito

2-Day Cotopaxi Volcano & Quilotoa Lagoon Overnight Excursion from Quito

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The Andes Mountains outside Quito are home to two of Ecuador’s most popular natural wonders, Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa Lagoon. With this overnight tour, take a break from the busy streets of Quito and see them both. Gaze down at the blue lake inside Quilotoa’s volcanic crater, then travel through the Ecuadorean highlands along the Avenue of Volcanoes for a hike in Cotopaxi National Park.
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  • 2 days
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Cotopaxi National Park + Quilotoa Lagoon in 1 Day

Cotopaxi National Park + Quilotoa Lagoon in 1 Day

Enjoy the most popular volcanoes and craters in Ecuador in only one day from Quito city. This is a perfect tour for people who love adventure and out door activities. The journey is full of nature, wildlife and stunning scenic view. We will cross over a large part of the avenue the volcanoes, towns or villages. On the way, there are corn, potato and barley fields located at the bottom of the rugged hills. Indigenous communities who are located beside of the roads show their gastronomy, culture and ways of living and working.
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  • 9 hours
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