Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito
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Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito
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Shared Day Trip to Quilotoa Crater Lagoon from Quito

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Stop At: Mercado Indigena, Saquisili Ecuador

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

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

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

Stop At: Tigua, Ecuador

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

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  • Transportation from and to Quito’s meeting point
  • Lunch
  • 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.
  • optional tips for guide
  • Personal expenses.
  • Personal health & travel insurance.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • 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
Dee M
5 | 2017-11-28

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..

Claudia C
5 | 2017-04-02

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.

5 | 2017-01-28

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.

5 | 2016-10-02

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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