Quilotoa Day Trip from Quito
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Quilotoa Day Trip from Quito

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Stop At: Mariscal District, Quito Ecuador

Leave from Plaza Foch in Quito at 07:00 (so please be there at 06:50) or from The Old Town location at 07:20 (so please be there at 07:10) for transport to Quilotoa.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Mercado Indigena, Saquisili Ecuador

Explore Saquisili/Pujili (Thursday/Sunday) and visit a native family.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Laguna de Quilotoa, 070701 Ecuador

Hike and explore the Quilotoa Crater and Lagoon

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Tigua, Ecuador

Arrive to Tigua community

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Mariscal District, Quito Ecuador

Return to shared meeting points in Quito

Duration: 3 hours

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  • Lunch
  • Transportation from and to Quito
  • 24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish.
Not included
  • Optional mule rent ($10).
  • 30 min kayak trip in the lagoon ($5).
  • Additional food and drinks.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal health & travel insurance.
  • Optional tips for the guide.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • 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.
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Please bring the following: Warm clothing, gloves, sunscreen, hiking shoes, large tote bag, waterproof jacket, camera, and a hat
  • 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 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
Sheree H
4 | 2018-03-05

The view was amazing! The guide and bus driver were terrific. I was very lucky to have a great group of people on board and we had a ball with plenty to talk about, which made a very long bus ride worthwhile. We stopped for breakfast at 9.30 and the lunch was delicious at 2.30pm. Great trip!

Desiree D
4 | 2017-12-31

This tour was amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable, the tour was very well organized and overall was a great experience. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because the food was mediocre, however the service at the restaurant was very good. The waiter was very prompt and quickly brought out each course. It might be helpful to not that I'm also vegan no animal products and the cook was very accommodating. Would totally reccomend!

4 | 2017-03-19

The Quilotoa daytrip was decent. Prepare yourself for a long day like 12 hours! The crater itself if gorgeous and it is a beautiful view. I just wish there was more to it. The hike down is nice. I decided to take the horse back up, which was 10. You could also kayak. I appreciated the other stops in the highlands with an Inca family and the market. Omar is a fantastic tour guide and shares so much great information about Ecuador. He is a fantastic guide.

Jason A
5 | 2017-01-22

This is an excellent tour, but, it is physically very demanding. The coach takes you to the rim of the crater and you have to make your way down to the lake, is quite a difficult journey, as it is long and quite slippery, so, you need to exercise caution. There are horses to take up and down, which is advisable, unless you are very well acclimatised to the altitude and very fit. None of the passengers could make the walk back up to the rim without hiring horses. But, aside from this, it is well worth a visit, as the scenery is beautiful. The price is quite reasonable, as well and the guide was very good and helpful.

5 | 2016-08-30

Amazing tour filled with interesting experiences! Our guide, Omar, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He kept everyone engaged throughout the trip by explaining interesting facts about the volcanoes and towns we drove by. We first stopped in the small town of Saquisili to have breakfast. The food was amazing and cheap, and it was a great experience to walk through the market! After that, we headed to the Quilotoa crater lake. Once there we had the option of hiking down to the lake or stay at the top to see the view. My friends and I decided to hike down and it was extremely fun - you can enjoy awesome views of the lake as you hike! Omar had told us of a spot where we could swim, so we headed there. My friends took a dip and said that swimming in a crater lake was a unique experience. I rented a horse to go back up as the hike is very strenuous. Riding a horse as you enjoy views of the lake was great! We had lunch in a restaurant near the lake - the food was delicious and they provide vegetarian options. Our final stop was in an indigenous house in the mountain near the lake. Omar explained how they build their huts to keep warm and the different foods they grow. It was extremely interesting to see how this community lives. We headed back to Quito and as we drove we could see the amazing Cotopaxi volcano. Omar was nice enough to stop the bus for a few minutes so we could take pictures. Overall, it was an extremely fun tour with great food and unique experiences. I would definitely recommend it!

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