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Quilotoa Lagoon and Indian Markets in One Day from Quito

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Quito, Ecuador
Quilotoa Lagoon and Indian Markets in One Day from Quito

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icon11 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Don’t let limited time in Ecuador stop you visiting the majestic Quilotoa Lagoon, an emerald crater lake surrounded by mountain landscapes. Reach the natural wonder the easy way on this full-day tour from Quito, ideal for nature lovers. Stop at a traditional craft market before arriving in Quilotoa National Park and opting to hike or ride a mule (own expense) to the rim of the dormant volcano. Lunch and transfers are included.
  • Full-day tour of Quilotoa Lagoon and Indian craft market from Quito
  • An activity-packed day trip for travelers with limited time
  • Opt to hike or ride a mule (own expense) to the rim of the crater
  • Absorb stunning views of the emerald crater lake inside Quilotoa National Park
  • Lunch and all transfers are included
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Bottled water
Lunch
Driver/guide
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
Entrance fees ($2 entrance to park)
Breakfast
Additional fees (mule $10 or canoe ride $5)
  • Francisco de Caldas e1-75 , Francisco de Caldas e1-75, Quito 170136, Ecuador

    Plaza San Blas statues next to the church (Caldas & Los Rios) at 7:30 am Dates: Thursday and Sunday

  • Plaza Foch , Plaza Foch, Quito 170143, Ecuador

    Departure Point: 2 meeting points in Quito (new town and old town) Address: Plaza Foch at 7:15 am by juan valdez coffee shop

  • 7:00 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Community Adventures
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    • "Path from crater rim down to lagoon however very sandy, and especially the way up again because of the sometimes deep sand very strenuous." See review

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    Fun day
    Neeha_B
    , Jan 2022
    Had a great time at the lagoon as well as exploring some of the other stops. Didn’t feel rushed at any spot. Great trip to enjoy the Andes scenery.
    star-5
    Wonderful and caring tour guides
    Therese_W
    , Nov 2020
    Our tour guides Andrea and Alex were excellent. Not only were they very knowledgeable, but also very considerate. There love for their country was evident and clearly cared that we enjoyed our trip. Easy going, lovely folks that made it feel Like we spent a lovely day with friends. Highly recommend Viator and these particular guides. 👍🏽
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
    Thank you so much Therese! Our guides and team here at Community Adventures loved having you on our tour! We love our country and want to show it in every way possible!
    star-5
    Great trip in great scenery
    Heiko_S
    , Sep 2019
    All stops of great interest, incl. Indian market, a Shaman house, a gorge, and of course the lagoon itself. Path from crater rim down to lagoon however very sandy, and especially the way up again because of the sometimes deep sand very strenuous. Alternative: ride back by horse or donkey at some extra cost. Thank you, Patricio, you did a great job.
    star-5
    Amazing full day trip to Quilotoa and more
    Hannah_D
    , May 2019
    This trip is a packed day of adventure from Quito. Our tour guild "Alex" provided rich history, stories and legends during our time on the bus between destinations. The short stops along the way to Quilotoa were unforgettable and made the drive pass quickly. Quilotoa is an absolutely outstanding view and great exercise if you choose to descend to the bottom and hike back up. The hike up is no joke even if you are in shape, took 1 hour on foot with the option of horses for $10. Temperature varies from moment to moment - recommend layers, rain coat and sun protection. Trail is soft dirt/dust and air gets very dusty at times, hiked in running shoes that got dirty but were OK. Bring some change for bathroom fees (50c). The included lunch at a restaurant in Quilotoa was delicious. Overall this trip was perfectly run and provided a variety of experiences in one short day. Thank you Alex for a fabulous trip!! Great trip for a great price. 10/10 would recommend.
    star-5
    Great tour. Our guide, Marco, was...
    IgnacioAlf_F
    , Apr 2018
    Great tour. Our guide, Marco, was very keen on explaining everything. Tough walk the one from the lagoon back up to the Viewpoint, if needed, horses are available.
    star-5
    We had a great time on this day trip...
    CAROLINE_W
    , Jan 2018
    We had a great time on this day trip to Quilotoa. It is an amazing place and our guide, Pedro, did a great job.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    An Awsome tour and highly...
    Samira R
    , Jan 2018
    An Awsome tour and highly recommended !! Our tour guide Pedro an Patrico were amazing. They were courteous and professional. The stop to Indian market was so entertaining just to walk around and the lake was gorgeous !! Be prepared to walk a lot and be drained by the end of the trip but its worth it !!
    star-5
    Loved this day! Our guide was terrific...
    Lauren R
    , Jan 2018
    Loved this day! Our guide was terrific and one of the best days of our entire trip!
    star-5
    Loved this tour! The walk down to...
    Susan B
    , Aug 2017
    Loved this tour! The walk down to the crater is fun but very challenging on the way up even for the fittest of people. Definitely do this tour. I recommend hiking shoes or boots for the extra foot grip.
    star-5
    Breathtakingly beautiful! If you...
    Rebecca_M
    , Mar 2017
    Breathtakingly beautiful! If you plan to walk down to the Laguna make sure you are physically fit and have acclimated to the climate. Definitely worth the trip for the view even if you don't hike down to the bottom. Mules are available for the trip back up for 10. Make sure you request a mule not a horse. Mules are more surefooted.
    1 traveler found this review helpful

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