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Quilotoa Lagoon: Full-Day Tour from Quito

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Quilotoa Lagoon: Full-Day Tour from Quito

From $89 per person

Admire the spectacular nature and beauty of the Quilotoa Lagoon on this day tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a day outside of Quito with an experienced guide
  • Hike and explore a beautiful natural landscape
  • Learn about the surrounding community
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Drive south from Quito to the Quilotoa area and visit its famous lagoon. Along the way, you'll admire the beautiful Andean landscape and stop at the Shalala viewpoint. Next, you'll visit the community viewpoint and descend to the lagoon. Once there, you'll have free time to hike and explore the area. You'll return on a path that connects the lagoon to the community viewpoint. It's an intense walk, so if you're not in good shape, simply climb on a mule that will pack you back to the viewpoint. After a lunch break, you'll also stop at a Tigua craft workshop, famous for its colorful products, and visit the Toachi's Canon.
Includes
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual guide (English-Spanish)
  • Shalala viewpoint entrance
  • Quilotoa´s community entrance
  • Mule ride
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

07:05 AM / Naciones Unidas Boulevard (Naciones Unidas Ave. and Shyris Ave. stop number 1 quito tour bus) 07:25 AM / La Mariscal - Plaza Foch (Reina Victoria St. between Calama St. and Foch St. stop number 3 quito tour bus) 07:50 AM / Quinde visitors center - Plaza Grande (Venezuela St. and Espejo St. next to the Major's Palace). Venezuela and Espejo streets are pedestrianized, the guide will walk there to your pick-up. Note: tour starts at 08:00 AM. Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

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Important information

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  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, park visitation may suffer changes without notice due to health security limitations
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 11 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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A group tour (4 other parties joined us on a Thursday), the tour picked us up from our airbnb, and we made a couple of special stops along the way to Quilotoa (bathroom and breakfast break, fruit stands to purchase fruit for our lunch), and the views to Quilotoa were amazing. Quilotoa itself was gorgeous, but my party didn't venture down to the bottom because of concerns of elevation sickness, so we chose the hike around the rim (still a strenuous but rewarding experience, my dad slid and fell a couple of times, no major injuries other than his pride). The varieties of flowers and animals around made for excellent pictures. We ended the tour with a nice meal at a local hostel and then a quiet ride back. Carlos (our guide) and Hector (our driver, but also a guide for us while we hiked the rim) were fantastic, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Much recommended!

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September 3, 2021

Awesome tour and Diana was a great guide. Beautiful views of the lake and we even enjoyed a quick boat ride around the lake. A great experience for my first time visiting Quito. The hike was challenging for me bc I’m a beginner but it was definitely worth it. You can rent donkeys to take you back up to the top.

December 11, 2020

This is the tour to pick if you just wanna see Quilotoa—- no unnecessary stops like gift shops or random towns that just happen to be on the way. They take you to viewing areas, then after that they give you enough time to hike down and up. Lunch is included which was pretty good. They also hand out a goody bag of snacks. The guide was knowledgeable and helpful too. If i have one complaint, it’s that the bus was pretty cramped. Was quite uncomfortable traveling for 3 hours each way on a cramped bus.

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March 9, 2019

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