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Full Day To Quilotoa

Overview:

This is a full day tour from Quito to visit the Quilotoa Lagoon, an incredible turquoise-colored lake located inside the caldera of an active volcano. On the way to Quilotoa, you will also stop to enjoy breakfast at the scenic Chuquiragua Lodge, located in the foothills of the Cotopaxi Volcano. This full-day tour is a great way to escape from the city and return to Quito the same day.

Highlights:

  • On the way to Quilotoa, we’ll stop at a viewing point where you can soak in some views of the famous Cotopaxi Volcano while enjoying a delicious breakfast.
  • 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.
  • We will take some time to hike down to the shore of this beautiful crystal-blue lagoon.
  • 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.
  • On the return trip, we will visit the Quilotoa Mirador for another beautiful view of the lake.

What this tour offers:

  • 1 unforgettable destination
    • Quilotoa - An extraordinary water-filled volcanic crater nestled among Ecuador’s central highlands
  • 3 Incredible Activities
    • Toachi Canyon View Point - Small, gorgeous canyon that is missed by many travelers
    • Quilotoa Shalala View Point - Catch some of the most breathtaking views
    • Quilotoa Lagoon - Hike down to the shore, where you can see this breathtaking volcanic lake up close
  • Daily departures
  • Hotel/hostel pickups & dropoffs
    • Safety and comfort guaranteed
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Tour Itinerary & What's Included

Full Day to Quilotoa

05:30am - 06:30am

Direct hostel/hotel pick-up in Quito.

07:45am

Stop at the Chuquiragua Lodge in the foothills of the Cotopaxi Volcano to enjoy scenic views and an optional breakfast (recommended).

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
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • All taxes and entrance fees
  • Transport to Cotopaxi viewing point
  • Transport to Quilotoa Lagoon
  • Guided tour to the lake
  • Transport back to Quito

Not Included

  • Evening meal
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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

1 Day

Price

$59 Includes transport, tours and guide on board. *Does not included food.

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

1 – 4 APRIL 2021 EASTER WEEKEND

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

9 & 10 AUGUST 2021 - ECUADORIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Biggest public holidays of the year. Hostel and tour prices increase in this period. We will not be able to assist you with booking any accommodation during this period. Please book in advance.

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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