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

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

5 Activities

2 Destinations


Hotel/Hostel Pick-up & Drop-off


This is a 2 day short tour from Quito to Cotopaxi National Park and the Quilotoa Lagoon. 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 and it’s astonishing view. 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.


  • 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 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

Price from: $149

Tour Itinerary & What's Included

Day 1: Quito - Cotopaxi

07:15am - 07:50am

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).


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

09:00am - 09:30am

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


Enter Cotopaxi National Park and visit interpretation center.

10:30am – 11:30am


Limpiopungo Lagoon – A stunning setting in which to admire the local landscape and nature, with Cotopaxi looming overhead as the perfect backdrop.

11:30am - 2:00pm


Hike up to the José Rivas Refuge – Enjoy the surrounding flora and fauna as we trek through the Andean paramo up to the famous landmark, Jose Rivas Refuge, located at 4864m. This refuge still functions as the active basecamp for mountaineers planning to climb to the very peak of the volcano.

We continue to a scenic lookout point to take in some unbelievable panoramic views of the Cotopaxi Volcano before beginning the descent


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

Night in Cotopaxi

Night in Cotopaxi. Enjoy the amazing view of the volcano while in town. You can book accommodation with any of our partners at the time of your booking or you're free to book your own accommodation.

Day 2: Cotopaxi - Quilotoa - Quito


Depart Chuquiragua Lodge to begin the trip to Quilotoa.



Toachi River Canyon lookout point – we stop at the canyons deepest point, at 100 meters deep, and allow you to take in the view and learn a little about the canyon



Shalala lookout point – enjoy the stunning views of the Quilotoa volcano lake from one of the best viewpoints



Guided Quilotoa Lagoon hike – walk down to the shore of the Quilotoa Lagoon and get to see this breathtaking volcanic lake up close.


Free time to explore at the lake.


Lunch at a local restaurant


Free time to explore the Quilotoa community.


Depart Quilotoa and begin the trip back to Quito.


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

What’s Included

  • Pick-up from hostel/hotel in Quito
  • All taxes and entrance fees
  • Transport to Cotopaxi National Park
  • Guided tour of the park
  • Free access to the Spa
  • Transport to Quilotoa Lagoon
  • Guided tour of the lake
  • Visit to local museums
  • Transport back to Quito

Not Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Evening meals
  • Accommodation can be added-on when purchasing your ticket

Important Info & Notes

Departure Days

Every Day

Time of Departure

07:15am - 07:50am

Pick-up Location

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


Minimum Time Needed

2 Days / 1 Night


$149 Includes transport, tours and guide on board. Accommodation add-ons available. *Meals not included.

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


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 ON: 24, 24 & 31 DEC & 1 JAN

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


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


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

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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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Accommodation Information

On this tour, you spend 1 night in Cotopaxi. You are free to stay anywhere you wish, giving you total flexibility for your tour.

However, when booking this tour, you CAN add on accommodation through our local hostel/hotel partners, from just $10 per person depending on the type of hotel and room (full list of options below)

Note that these are exclusive prices for Hop passengers, and better than those offered through platforms such as booking.com or even directly with the hotel.

IMPORTANT: Accommodation reservations are subject to confirmation. Should your room type not be available, we will notify you within 48hours to offer alternatives. (For last minute bookers this can be coordinated directly with your onboard guide.)

See below our listed recommendations for the destinations on your tour.


Hotel Chuquiragua Lodge Unique

Shared room

Traveling alone or on a budget? Or just looking to meet other travelers? Choose the shared room option for your trip and connect with other like-minded hopsters.

Room type:

6-bed shared room


From $20 per person

Private room

Traveling as a couple or group? Or do you just want your own room for the tour? Select a private room with bathroom when booking to add that little bit of privacy to your trip.

Room type:

Double/twin, Triple and Quadruple rooms available


From $67 per room

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 Ecuador 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!

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 Ecuador 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.