FULL DAY TO QUILOTOA

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 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.

Tour 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.

Notes:

  • Breakfast and lunch are included in the price of this tour.
  • Evening meal is 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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FULL DAY : QUITO – COTOPAXI – QUILOTOA – QUITO

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)

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.
  • 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.

Important Notes

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!

9 APRIL – 12 APRIL 2020 EASTER WEEKEND

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.