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Quilotoa Full Day Tour from Quito with entrances

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icon11 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Laguna Quilotoa, a blue-green volcanic crater lake, sits in the rugged Andean countryside south of Quito. With this tour, escape the busy streets of Quito for an all-inclusive day in the Andes, and see Quilotoa Lake from two different lookouts on the crater rim with views of Cotopaxi in the distance. En route back to Quito, spend some time craft workshops in Tigua and La Victoria.
  • Views of Quilotoa Lagoon from the crater rim and up close
  • Refuel with a local lunch after hiking the volcanic crater
  • Visits to two craft workshops known for colorful pictures and pottery
  • Choose from several convenient meeting points in central Quito
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Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)
All entrances
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Hotel pick up and drop-off
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7:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Quito Tour Bus
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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Quilotoa Full Day Tour from Quito with entrances ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Quilotoa Full Day Tour from Quito with entrances ?
A:The policy on sanitisation is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during Quilotoa Full Day Tour from Quito with entrances ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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star-5
Great tour
Melissa_E
, Aug. 2022
This tour was great. David was the most friendly tour guide. Very knowledgeable and very sweet person. Constantine was a great driver. Felt very safe in the van. Helped us at every stop. The tour made great stops along the way to break up the drive. The crater was beautiful and the hike down took 30 minutes. The way back up is strenuous. So if you don’t feel like hiking an incline. Stay at the top. Down at the crater lake was kayaking and a little cafe.
star-5
What a perfect day.
chriatian_b
, Jul. 2022
This was an amazing experience. Altitude was a shock but the walk down to the crater was easy. The hike up was tougher but so worth it. Our guide was so much fun. He made it personal and was dedicated to making sure we all had a good time.
star-5
Beautiful and informative. Guide was great.
Sheryl_L
, Jun. 2022
Quilatoa hike and beautiful farm lands along the way. Guide recommended great lunch spot and also allowed time for a little shopping.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Good experience, could be better
kristy_q
, May 2022
It would be useful if the guides provided more educational information about the area, history, people, etc. The minibus was comfortable. The amount of time at Quilotoa felt right.
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Great day trip.
brittney_g
, Apr. 2022
I enjoyed this tour. The minibus was comfortable. We received a fair amount of information about the area on the way to quilotoa. Our guide was approachable and encouraged all members of the group to spend their time at the lake how they wanted to- no pressure to walk all the way down and all the way back up. There were a handful of stops along the way for a snack, bathroom break, to take pictures. The day was mapped out well so we knew what to expect. The trip wasn't made uncomfortable by the guide asking for tips. I am all for tipping but in previous experiences when guides focus on this it can be uncomfortable for the group. I had a great day. Thank you!!
star-5
Quilotoa was enjoyed by all!
Catherine_T
, Apr. 2022
Overall, we enjoyed the trip to Quilotoa. It was well organized, Jacqui was a knowledgeable guide, and the lunch was delicious.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
An amazing day trip from Quito!
Elizabeth_O
, Mar. 2022
This tour was definitely the highlight of our trip to Quito, Ecuador. We initially thought we would be going with a large group but it ended up just being my party on an MVP tour. Instead of a bus we were able to take a car, which made the journey much more comfortable (we were told this varies based on the time of year and the number of people booked for the tour). This was the general timeline of our day: we were picked up around 07:30, on the way to Quilotoa we stopped at a gas station/convenience store and had breakfast, we drove to Cotapaxi province and stopped at a local souvenir shop, we stopped at a couple outlooks along the way (the area is absolutely gorgeous), and then we finally arrived in Quilotoa. At Quilotoa there were a couple hiking options: hike to the bottom and back of the crater or hike along the rim of the crater: we opted to do half of the hike to the bottom AND the hike along the rim of the crater. We were happy with our option because the elevation definitely hit us to the uphill hike! Finally we had lunch in Quilotoa, which was probably one of the best meals I had in Ecuador (the vegetarian option had some of the freshest and most vibrant vegetables grown in the local area) and then we drove 2.5 hours back to Quito. We got back to our hostel around 17:30, had dinner in the area and then promptly went to bed. Our tour guide was fantastic and really took the time to educate us on the regions history as well as point out a lot of local plants/flowers. If you are on the fence I would definitely recommend you book. You won't be disappointed! If we had more time in Ecuador, we definitely would have booked another day trip with this company.
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing
Justine_D
, Feb. 2022
This tour was great! I loved my day! I have nothing negative to say. The guide Irene was amazing, very kind, energetic and knowledgeable!
star-5
Irene was our guide and...
Cole_S
, Feb. 2022
Irene was our guide and was the best, nice helping and knowledgeable great day trip! Amazing lunch at the local restaurant.
star-5
Very Cool Trek Into the Andes
Rachel_W
, Feb. 2022
Really enjoyed this excursion and Erika is an awesome guide, as previous reviews have said. I didn't have a lot of time in my total trip for mainland Ecuador (I'll have to return!) so I wanted to see as much as I could in the time I have. This entire excursion from the quick breakfast stop to the winding drive through countryside and indigenous villages to Quilotoa itself, local lunch, and the artists' village of Tigua was a great dip into Ecuadorian land and culture. Very glad I went! The only note I have (and it does say this in the description, but just to reiterate) is that this is quite a long day, around 11 or 12 hours in total with transportation. Bring water and sunscreen, and arrange your other travel plans accordingly.
star-5
Great tour!
Debbie_G
, Jan. 2022
You can’t go wrong with a Quito Tour Bus tour led by Irene! This was my second tour of the week with Irene as my guide. Her English is very good, she is very knowledgeable, and is very enthusiastic about sharing her country with tourists. The hike is challenging, but I found it to be much easier than Cotopaxi. The view is incredible. I highly recommend this tour!!!
star-5
Beautiful, spectacular, heartwarming!
Marguerite_M
, Jan. 2022
Erika was wonderful. Full of energy and I formation. The food for lunch was so good too and who can beat the natural beauty and the friendly people. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
star-5
Irene was a wonderful...
Sophia_G
, Jan. 2022
Irene was a wonderful tour guide that was fun, informative, and very kind. We had a great time with her and would highly recommend this hike to anyone who wants to see the beautiful Quilotoa laguna!!!
star-5
Amazing tour
Keith_T
, Dec. 2021
Head an amazing time touring Quito and amazing views of the volcanoes. Also the hike down Quilotoa volcano to the amazing lake. Erika the tour guide made the experience even better with her knowledge of the folk tails and history. Hands down a must do if you visit Ecuador.
star-5
Fun and Informative
John_H
, Dec. 2021
Irene was very informative and her positive energy and enthusiasm is tops! She and Carlos (driver) would go out of their way to make the trip enjoyable and accommodating!
star-5
Recommended
Oscar_C
, Nov. 2021
Irene our tour guide was excelent and Mauricio the driver got us to our destination and safe return Thank you
star-5
Amazing Volcano Trip
Adam_B
, Oct. 2021
What a wonderful experience this was! Our tour started at 7am on our first day in Ecuador, and we couldn't have picked a better introduction to the country. Erica was amazing - funny and educational the entire day. Our stops on the way to the volcano introduced us to several natives and their different ways of life. And the hike down the volcano introduced us to the rapidly changing weather we had heard so much about. At the start, we were in shorts and t-shirts. Halfway down we got caught in a hail storm. Any by the bottom we were in a rainstorm at almost freezing temperatures. Back at the top, we've got stories to last a lifetime. Thanks to Erica and all of Viator for such an amazing day! - Adam Bennett & Family
star-5
Highland paradise
Ruben_P
, Sep. 2021
Taken in a private car all the way from Quito to Quilotoa was great. Dario (the guide) was very attentive to us and let us stop wherever we wanted to take pictures for example. His english was great and his knowledge of the area, culture and cuisine was very impressive! You get enough time to walk all the way down to Quilotoa lake and kayak there, which we loved. Great tour!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience
christopher_D
, Sep. 2021
Guides were amazing and helpful. They were both knowledgeable and fun. Easy day and able to see so much
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing trip!
Kelly_M
, Sep. 2021
We had an amazing time with our guide and driver. The tour was so beautiful and we recommend it to anyone visiting Ecuador! We had amazing stops and views along the way great food too! The hike back up from the lagoon is tough if your not in good shape because of the altitude but you can go at whatever pace is comfortable for you

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