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Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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.
  • Full-day Quilotoa Crater Lagoon and indigenous villages tour from Quito
  • Explore the traditional markets of Saquisili or Pujili
  • Hike around the Quilotoa Crater Lagoon
  • Tuck into a typical Ecuadorian lunch
  • Learn about Ecuador’s indigenous people with a visit to the Tigua community
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience
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Transportation from and to Quito’s meeting point
Lunch
24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish
Optional mule rent ($10).
30 min kayak trip in the lagoon ($5).
Additional food and drinks.
optional tips for guide
Personal expenses.
Personal health & travel insurance.
Centro Histórico, Quito, Ecuador

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Plaza Foch, Quito 170143, Ecuador

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide and small group of up to 15 people in central Quito. Traveling aboard a comfortable air-conditioned bus, soak up the scenery on the scenic journey through the Andes.

The first stop of the day is the market town of either Saquisili (Thursday) or Pujili (Sunday), where you’ll have chance to browse the lively markets and get a taste of local life.

Continue to the Quilotoa Lagoon, a glittering crater lake formed inside an ancient caldera. Set out on a hike, exploring the lakeside, then climbing up to a viewpoint to enjoy spectacular views over the crater. It’s an easy to moderate hike, but mules are available for hire (extra cost) to help with the uphill stretches.

After tucking into some typical Highlands cuisine for lunch (included), stop by the villages of the Tigua community on the return journey and learn more about Ecuador’s rich indigenous heritage.

Your tour ends back in Quito.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mercado Indigena
Explore Saquisili/Pujili (Thursday/Sunday) and visit local markets of the town. You will also get the chance to visit a native family.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Laguna Quilotoa
Hike and explore the Quilotoa Crater and Lagoon, one of the most beautiful lagoons in South America. You will begin the descent to the lake at around 1:00 PM. After you arrive, you will have the chance to enjoy the views from the shore of the lake inside the crater. At 2:30 you will begin ascent to the viewpoint.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tigua
After lunch, you will be driven to visit the town of Tigua. At arrival you will get to know the Tigua community. Your will learn about the paintings created by the community. After that you will return to Quito.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Important things to bring: warm and waterproof clothing, water, sun block, sunglasses and passport
  • It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have
  • The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unpredictable circumstances
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please notify supplier which meeting point you take so to communicate that to the guide and don’t be late because the bus won’t wait for you.
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please take into consideration that lunch will be served at around 03:30 PM, so it is recommended to bring some extra food.
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rebecca Adventure Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito.

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The guides were on time, two of...
Arnar S
, Feb 2018
The guides were on time, two of them, very pleasant fellows. They were educative and attentive. The crater itself was beautiful, the decent to the surface of the lake in it, was rather easily done. Contrariwise the walk back proved hard for many, the altitude being - as far as I remember - around 4000 metres. Then the rented horses came to a rescue. The lunch was all right. Visiting the friendly indigenous family on our way to the crater was thought provoking, worth a whole book of social anthropology on the issue. The transportation was quite acceptable. A great tour.
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This was an amazing tour!!! My son...
Dee M
, Nov 2017
This was an amazing tour!!! My son was struggling down the tall hill my son is very cautious and the tour guide stayed with him the entire time to make sure he made it down the hill ok. It was amazing to see the Indigenous people walking the mules up and down the hill, grant it some of them were kids and I am so glad my son had a chance to see such young kids working. Also the crater itself was beautiful, the tour guide told us there are only 3 lagoons in the world, 2 in Ecuador and 1 in Japan. We also had a chance to meet a very grateful Indigenous family. The lunch was ok.. but the entire tour is a MUST. It was worth every penny..
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Our Tour guide Omar just might be...
Claudia C
, Apr 2017
Our Tour guide Omar just might be the best tour guide in all of Ecuador. If you can find a way to get all your tours through him, you will not be sorry. As for the tour itself, it was a fantastic experience all around. We had breakfast in the first destination instead of spending 40 minutes in the market, and were very satisfied with the authentic and filling meal 2.50/person. We still got to spend 10 minutes in the market, which was mostly fruits and other souvenirs that were available elsewhere in Ecuador still worth seeing, was a great cultural experience. We also got to share the fruits we got on the bus, everything was very yummy! Seeing how the local farmers lived was also a great cultural experience and photo op. A 1/person donation to the farmers is expected, and well worth the experience. Quilotoa itself was very beautiful, we were lucky to get there when the weather was very pleasant and we had a great view of everything. The hike down was a little intense, and took about 35-45 minutes. We enjoyed some Kayaking at 3/person and got some great pictures and memories. We definitely recommend taking the horse/mule for the trip up especially if it starts raining like it did for us. We were smiling the entire time and our legs were able to enjoy the rest of the vacation. It cost 8/person but we just gave a 20 as it was raining and it is one heck of a hike for the local who guided our horses up the trail. It took about 45 minutes to get to the top on a horse, I cant't imagine how tired we would be doing it on foot like our guide. The gift shop had plenty of souvenirs and a wide variety of things to purchase. Prices are negotiable, but don't expect a huge reduction. The lunch provided by the tour was served after we made it back to the top and had some time to browse the shops. It was once again, authentic, delicious, and filling. We highly recommend this tour, the trip there and back is full of amazing scenery which was made even better by our tour guide Omar. We did notice after it started raining that it was difficult to take in the beauty of the lake from the top, so even if it is raining when you get there, make the trip to the bottom for a full, rich experience. Despite being soaked after arriving at the top, the horses and guide were fantastic, and we wouldn't trade the memories for anything.
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We went on a holiday and there were...
carolee99
, Jan 2017
We went on a holiday and there were lots of people. The hike down is not easy, but as a senior, it was doable. Try to stay away from the mules as they have a tendency to get a bit too close and can bump you. Climbing back up the hill was beyond my ability so we took a mule ride for 10.00 This tour was great and our guide, Omar, was exceptional. On the way back, we stopped at an indigenous couple's house where we learned that they use guinea pigs for heat. It was interesting to see this vanishing way of life. The owner allows these tours to supplement his income, so be prepared for a donation. Also, we were very disheartened to see how many of our tour group did not tip the guide and driver. Their pay for a 10 hour day is very low and they rely on tips. Be generous. Our driver did an excellent job and Omar is one of the best guides I have encountered in the many tours I have taken. His English is very good and we appreciated his broad knowledge of Ecuador. He is definitely a people person and tries hard to make your tour enjoyable as well as educational.
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Such a beautiful view! Stunning...
janis_man
, Oct 2016
Such a beautiful view! Stunning really! The walk down was steep and dusty but well worth the walk. You can canoe or swim in the lagoon if you have time. I took a horse ride back up, took approx. 45minutes and only 10 USD. Or you can choose the hard trek upwards, which will take approx. 1-1.5hours. As part of the tour, we also visited a family who lived a simple lifestyle. It was very cool to learn how they live!
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