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Quilotoa Lagoon

Quilotoa Lagoon

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Laguna de Quilotoa, Quilotoa, Ecuador

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.

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Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito
Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito
$65.00 per adult
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Amazing
Easy communication and comfortable transportation. Diego (tour guide) is very knowledgeable about the history and areas. All questions were answer. Thank you Diego for making this tour memorable.
Maria_CF, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Quito

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beautiful and scenic
Amy_L, May 2021
Quilotoa Full Day Tour from Quito with entrances, small groups
The guide was wonderful in ensuring safety and was lots of fun to walk down together. It is steep with sand and rocks. Must wear hiking shoes , hat, layers and rain jacket. The guide teaches about the nature, surrounding volcanos, history of Quito, ect. Pictures do not do it justice how beautiful the lake really is. I rode a mule backup and that was fun and adventure of its own.
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Amazing trip!
Kelly_M, Sep 2021
Quilotoa Full Day Tour from Quito with entrances, small groups
We had an amazing time with our guide and driver. The tour was so beautiful and we recommend it to anyone visiting Ecuador! We had amazing stops and views along the way great food too! The hike back up from the lagoon is tough if your not in good shape because of the altitude but you can go at whatever pace is comfortable for you
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Great Long Day
John_H, May 2021
Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito
Great trip and excellent guides. It’s a very long day but we’ll worth it. The hike down to the lagoon is great. The hike back up should be a tough mudder course.
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great trip and guide but hidden fees
Laura_C, May 2021
Cultural Tour Laguna Quilotoa: Hiking and Descent to the Lagoon all included
Excellent trip,.guide and experience. Some hidden fees of $4 pp for required "donations* - but worth it
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Amazing driver and guide
Freddyperalta, Apr 2021
Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito
Our driver Edison and tour guide Leo were AMAZING !!!!!! what a blessing to have them both as driver/guide. Leo pointed out everything in the 3 hour drive to the lagoon. Best tour guide hands down. 10 stars !!!
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Great Experience
Stephanie_M, Feb 2020
2-Day Tour of Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa Lagoon with hotel
Wonderful guides - so knowledgeable and friendly. Loved our accommodations in the lodge. Cotopaxi and Quilotoa were amazing. Definitely acclimate yourself before attempting Cotopaxi - the altitude can really impact your experience. We took horses back up from the Quilotoa Lagoon which cost $10 pp and worth every penny.
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Laguna Quilotoa is breathtaking
Griselda_F, Mar 2021
Cultural Tour Laguna Quilotoa: Hiking and Descent to the Lagoon all included
The actual Laguna (lake) was breathtaking but be prepared because it gets very cold being so high up. Walking down to the actual Laguna takes about 40min to an hour, based on how in shape you are and coming up is hell (you can pay $10 to ride a horse up). We also got to meet an indigenous family and stopped at a shop that had wonderful artwork made by the native people, worth every cent to support native work. We were scheduled to leave at 7am and didn't leave until 7:20ish because the tour guide was running late (hint why I didn't give a 5star). We had to ask the driver to stop after 2:30hrs because we were starving. They were good at accommodating but make sure you speak up. The tour guide was decent, wish their was more interaction though.
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Wonderful and caring tour guides
Therese_W, Nov 2020
Quilotoa Lagoon and Indian Markets in One Day from Quito
Our tour guides Andrea and Alex were excellent. Not only were they very knowledgeable, but also very considerate. There love for their country was evident and clearly cared that we enjoyed our trip. Easy going, lovely folks that made it feel Like we spent a lovely day with friends. Highly recommend Viator and these particular guides. 👍🏽
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Exceptional Private tour from Quito
Gilda_O, Feb 2020
Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito - Private Tours
Felipe was an exceptional guide. He was on time, explained all the sites while driving, and was professional, kind and accommodating. He took us to Quilotoa, Shalala, art galleries on the way and artesanal market in Quito. We enjoyed our private tour thoroughly.
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Fantastic Experience!
mmi2pc, Dec 2019
From the Andes to the Amazon 3D- 2N Quilotoa- Baños- Puyo- Cotopaxi
This was far and away one of the best tours we've taken on any of our trips! Jose was unbelievable, giving us personal touches to the experience throughout the trip based on things we mentioned or were interested in. Super flexible, friendly, knowledgable. It felt like we were travelling with a close friend who we had known for our entire lives. Would absolutely recommend this for anyone, particularly if you would like to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time.
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Quilitoa Lagoon and Indigenous Town
KatherineBraver, Apr 2021
Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito
Extremely well put together tour with some of the most majestic views I’ve seen. Daniel was an incredible tour guide, very informative and friendly and helpful. It was so interesting to see how the indigenous people live and how little they need to smile.... highly recommend as you get to see so much and it’s not overly strenuous. The walk down to Quilotoa was worth every thing. Takes about 40 min to get down and you can take a horse or mule back up for just 10.00. Special experience!
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Wonderful experience, fantastic guide!
Rajiv_S, Jun 2021
Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito
This was a wonderful experience and Fabian was a fantastic guide! We enjoyed every minute of the trip and are so glad that we made the trek out to Quilotoa lagoon. Fabian was very friendly, engaging and extremely knowledgeable of this region and all of Ecuador. We learned so much from him and were very grateful that he was our guide. The lagoon was breathtaking. The hike down to the lake is quite steep and not recommended for anyone unstable on their feet, but if you are able, it is well worth it. If you are not used to high altitude, climbing back up the very steep trail could be extremely difficult. We opted to take the mules back to the top to avoid hurting ourselves unnecessarily as we have many more travels and hikes ahead on our trip. It was a long journey, but completely worth it. Highlight of our trip to Quito.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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