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2 Day Tour (1 Night In Cotopaxi)
Cotopaxi And Quilotoa

Overview:

This is a 2 day short tour from Quito to Cotopaxi National Park and the Quilotoa Lagoon with an overnight stay at Cotopaxi. 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 before staying overnight at a scenic lodge in the foothills of the volcano. 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. Lake Quilotoa is a place that must be seen to be believed! This short tour to Cotopaxi and Quilotoa makes for a great 2-day escape from Quito.

Highlights:

  • Visit Cotopaxi National Park, where you’ll be able to see amazing panoramic views of the famous Cotopaxi Volcano. (Cotopaxi)
  • If you’re lucky, you’ll have the chance to spot some of the park’s majestic native wildlife. Species that call the park home include wolves, rabbits, bears and condors. (Cotopaxi)
  • Embark on a guided exploration of the Limpiopungo Lagoon, a stunning glacial lake in the shadow of the Cotopaxi Volcano. (Cotopaxi)
  • Visit the José Rivas Refuge, the most popular base camp for mountaineers planning to climb the volcano. (Cotopaxi)
  • Enjoy free use of the luxurious spa area at the Chuquiragua Lodge, including both a jacuzzi and sauna. Massages are also available at a small extra cost. If you wish to avail yourself of these facilities you must advise the receptionist upon your arrival to enable them to prepare the water. (Cotopaxi)
  • Toachi Canyon is a small, gorgeous canyon that is missed by many travelers. We’ll get off the beaten track and make a brief stop here to take some photos and appreciate an exquisite view of the Ecuadorian countryside. (Toachi Canyon)
  • Once we’ve arrived at the Quilotoa Lagoon, we will visit the Shalala Mirador lookout point for some of the most breathtaking views you’ve ever seen. (Quilotoa)
  • Take a guided hike down to the shore of the beautiful crystal-blue Quilotoa Lagoon. (Quilotoa)
  • Your guide will bring you to some nearby artisan workshops and museums where you will be able to learn about the local culture and treat yourself to a handmade souvenir. (Quilotoa)
  • On the return trip, we will visit the Quilotoa Mirador for another beautiful view of the lake. (Quilotoa)

What this tour offers:

  • 2 unforgettable destinations
    • Quilotoa - An extraordinary water-filled volcanic crater nestled among Ecuador’s central highlands
    • Cotopaxi - home to Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and one of Ecuador’s most famous sights
  • 5 Incredible Activities
    • Cotopaxi View Point - Panoramic view of the stunning snow-capped volcano
    • Cotopaxi National Park - Explore the areas of this amazing park like Limpiopungo Lagoon & José Rivas Refuge
    • Toachi Canyon View Point - Small, gorgeous canyon that is missed by many travelers
    • Quilotoa Lagoon - Hike down to the shore, where you can see this breathtaking volcanic lake up close
    • Quilotoa Shalala View Point - Catch some of the most breathtaking views
  • 1 night in Cotopaxi
  • Daily departures
  • Hotel/hostel pickups & dropoffs
    • Safety and comfort guaranteed
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Tour Itinerary & What's Included

Day 1: Quito - Cotopaxi

05:30am - 06:30am

Direct pick-up from your hostel or hotel in Quito to begin the trip to Cotopaxi (exact time will depend on which neighborhood you are located in).

07:45am

Arrive at the Chuquiragua Lodge and catch your first views of the stunning Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the country's most famous sights.

08:15am

Enjoy a delicious breakfast with generous portions to keep you energized for a full day of exploring Cotopaxi National Park.

09:00am

Enter Cotopaxi National Park and visit interpretation center.

10:00am

Visit the Limpiopungo Lagoon, a stunning glacial lake in the shadow of the Cotopaxi Volcano.

12:30pm

Visit the José Rivas Refuge, the main base camp for the volcano. Continue to a scenic lookout point to take in some unbelievable panoramic views of the Cotopaxi Volcano.

3:30pm

Return to the Chuquiragua Lodge for an afternoon lunch surrounded by gorgeous landscapes.

Free Evening at Chuquiragua Lodge

Enjoy free use of the lodge's spa area, complete with jacuzzi and sauna. Massages are also available at an extra cost. If you wish to avail yourself of these facilities you must advise the receptionist upon your arrival to enable them to prepare the water.

Day 2: Cotopaxi - Quilotoa - Quito

08:15am

Depart Chuquiragua Lodge to begin the trip to Quilotoa.

10:30am

Visit to the Toachi River Canyon lookout point.

10:45am

Visit to the Shalala lookout point with some free time to enjoy the landscape.

12:00pm

Guided hike down to the shore of the Quilotoa Lagoon, where you can see this breathtaking volcanic lake up close.

1:00pm

Free time to explore at the lake.

2:30pm

Lunch at a local restaurant (included with pass)

3:30pm

Free time to explore the Quilotoa community.

4:30pm

Depart Quilotoa and begin the trip back to Quito.

8:30pm

Direct drop-off at your hotel/hostel in Quito.

What’s Included

  • Pick-up from hostel/hotel in Quito
  • 2 Breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • All taxes and entrance fees
  • Transport to Cotopaxi National Park
  • Guided tour of the park
  • Overnight stay at a luxury lodge (Shared dormitory accommodation, private upgrades are available)
  • Free access to the Spa
  • Transport to Quilotoa Lagoon
  • Guided tour of the lake
  • Visit to local museums
  • Transport back to Quito

Not Included

  • Evening meals
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Important Info & Notes

Departure Days

Every Day

Time of Departure

06:30am

Pick-up Location

All hostels and hotels in Quito (direct pick-up)

Note:

Minimum Time Needed

2 Days / 1 Night

Price

$149 Includes transport, accommodation, tours and guide on board. *Does not evening meal.

Travelling between any of the dates mentioned below? Click the tab for the corresponding important information.

9 & 10 AUGUST 2021 - ECUADORIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Biggest public holidays of the year. Due to high demand, we will not be able to assist with room upgrades during this period.

1 – 4 APRIL 2021 EASTER WEEKEND

Easter weekend holidays: Due to high demand, we will not be able to assist with room upgrades during this period.

24 & 25 - 31 DEC 2020 & 1 JAN 2021 - CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS BREAK

We will be taking a short break at the end of December for Christmas and New Year. We do this to give our bus drivers and guides time to spend with their families during these special holidays. As a business, we know this may disappoint some travelers, but we care about our employees the same way we care about our passengers and want to give them a well-deserved rest.

NO BUS FROM: 24 & 25 - 31 DEC 2020 & 1 JAN 2021

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure you check the bus timetables for each pass as not all routes have daily departures.

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You are able to change your departure dates at no extra cost if you were to change your plans.

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Info About Our Luxury Buses

Ecuador Hop – #1 Bus Company In Ecuador

As well as an unbeatable safety record, Ecuador Hop is also famous for its punctuality and comfort. In South America, where things often run later than scheduled, we are very proud to say we achieve a 98.5% on-time arrival for each trip.

If comparing Ecuador Hop to other bus companies, make sure you check their safety record, past accidents, as well as their Tripadvisor page (if they even bother to have one) as often you will find there is a reason why some bus companies have “cheaper” prices than Peru Hop.

Features Of Our Buses

Short Distance Buses

  • Modern bus models: We use only up-to-date, well-maintained and high-quality buses to ensure top safety standards and comfort (this is not always a guarantee in Ecuador).
  • Climate control: We make sure the temperature is comfortable for everyone on board.
  • Highest quality brake and suspension system: Our high-quality buses will get you to your destination as smoothly and comfortably as possible.
  • GPS monitoring system: We monitor location and vehicle speed from our headquarters, ensuring your safety.
  • USB ports available: Charge your mobile phone or tablet on board the bus!

Long Distance Buses

  • Modern bus models: We use brand new, state-of-the-art buses with all the latest technology.
  • Semi-bed reclining seats: All with sponge foam pads for added comfort.
  • Modern and clean toilet: Unlike public buses that often have dirty facilities or no bathroom at all, our buses all come with modern, regularly-cleaned toilets.
  • High-tech temperature-controlled air system: We make sure the temperature is never too hot or too cold.
  • LCD TV sets: Sit back and pass the long hours of travel watching some English-language movies
  • Highest quality brake and suspension system: Our high-quality vehicles will get you to your destination as smoothly and comfortably as possible.
  • Blankets for every passenger: Each seat comes with blankets, so you’ll be able to relax and get some sleep on longer journeys.
  • GPS monitoring system: We monitor location and vehicle speed from our headquarters, ensuring your safety.
  • USB ports on every seat: Don’t stress about charging your mobile phone or tablet. You’ll be able to charge all your devices right at your seat!

Bus Safety Controls

  • Large team of drivers: Our drivers are not overworked/tired as is often the case on other buses.
  • Tour guide onboard: Our tour guide does regular checks on the drivers.
  • Seatbelts: We have a seatbelt for every passenger and ask our passengers to wear them at all times.
  • 24 hour GPS monitoring: Every bus is monitored from a secure point via GPS…we always know where the bus is and if it is taking any unscheduled stops.
  • Constant contact: The drivers and the guide communicate continuously by telephone with the Peru Hop office.
  • No tight deadlines: Our drivers are under NO pressure to arrive at a certain time, no need for increased speed or unnecessary risks.
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