2 DAY 1 NIGHT COTOPAXI AND QUILOTOA
(NIGHT IN COTOPAXI)

QUITO – COTOPAXI – QUILOTOA – QUITO

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  1. Trip Highlights – A summary of the main attractions covered under this pass.

  2. Trip Itinerary – Detailed descriptions of the pass.

  3. Important Notes – Up to date information regarding holiday periods or anything else which may affect our service.

Trip Highlights

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.

Tour 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)

Notes:

  • Breakfast, lunch, and overnight accommodation included in price of tour.
  • Evening meal not included.
  • Make sure to bring appropriate clothing for high altitude climate.
  • Wear sunscreen. The sun can be quite dangerous this close to the equator.
  • See the itinerary below for an hour by hour plan.

Trip Itinerary

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Follow this hour by hour plan to learn more about this two-day trip from Quito to Cotopaxi and Quilotoa.

DAY 1

Full Day Cotopaxi Tour With Overnight Stay

DAY 2

Full Day Quilotoa Tour and Return to Quito

05:30 - 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.

03:30pm

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.

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)

03:30pm

Free time to explore the Quilotoa community.

04:30pm

Depart Quilotoa and begin the trip back to Quito.

08:30pm

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

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.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

NIGHT IN COTOPAXI

Overnight accommodation for this 2-day tour to Cotopaxi and Quilotoa will be at the lovely Chuquiragua Lodge located in the foothills of the Cotopaxi Volcano. A bed in the shared dorm is included in the price of your Ecuador Hop pass, but you are free to upgrade to a private room if you’d like.

INCLUDED:

  • Bed in shared dorm room

UPGRADES (paid directly to lodge):

  • Single private room: additional cost of $25
  • DOUBLE or TRIPLE room: additional cost of $15 per
 person

Facilities

  • In house restaurant
  • Bar
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa Facilities

Important Notes

14 APRIL - 20 APRIL 2019 SEMANA SANTA

Easter weekend holidays. Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. We will not be able to assist you booking any accommodations during this period. Please book in advance.

9 & 10 AUGUST 2019 - ECUADORIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Biggest public holidays of the year. Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. MUST book accommodation in advance!