Quilotoa

Departure Date

Every Monday

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After admiring the beautiful Andean landscape thru the south bound highway, we arrive to the Quilotoa Zone, our first stop will be in the “Shalalá” overlook which you would recognized by its transparent structure. There we will be able to admire the beautiful Quilotoa Lagoon with its incredible turquoise waters. From this point, we will descend to the lagoon where you will have free-time to visit it, the ascent is thru a path that connects us to the lookout of the community. (The ascent is over steep, so it is recommended to go up on a mule for people who are not in good physical condition). After you lunch break (not included), we will make our way back through a craft workshop in Tigua, famous for its picturesque paintings, and will visit the Rio Toachi Canyon.

Hiking to the crater
Bilingual guide
The best landscapes
Mini snack
Handicrafts

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Boarding points

Before we start our tour, we have a pick-up route in 3 important points of the city.

Boulevard Naciones Unidas

07h05

Naciones Unidas Bulevar & Shyris Ave. (across the street from Banco del Pacífico)

La Mariscal / Plaza Foch

07h25

Reina Victoria St. between Calama St. and Mariscal Foch St.

Quinde Visitors Center

07h50

Venezuela St. & Espejo St. Downtown - Plaza Grande

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Boardings

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Before starting the tour we travel 3 main points of the city to embark our passengers. In the sector North Center North Boulevard, in the Sector of the Mariscal / Plaza Foch and in the down town next to the Plaza Grande in Quinde Visitors Center.
At the top of the volcano Quilotoa

Visit to the viewpoints of Shalala and Quilotoa

The beginning of the lagoon of Quilotoa is Shalala viewpoint, a space built in 2014, with sustainable materials, that allows to contemplate the beauty of nature from 3900 meters above sea level. This is a project of the community, which was supported by the Ministry of Tourism. Its design was a winner of the second place of the 2015 Work of the Year Award. The attraction is also a resting place, which has three cabins (one for disabled people) and a restaurant offering a panoramic view of the crater.
In the crater of the Quilotoa Lagoon

Hike and visit to the Quilotoa Lagoon

The crater of the dormant volcano forms a bowl that collects the azure waters of the lagoon. Its color is due to the accumulation of sulfur. According to legend, this was the scene of the battle between the Quilotoa gods who lived on the surface and Toachi, who was under the lake, because that aroused envy the ability of the first to reflect the color of the sky. This natural attraction is 15 kilometers away from the town of Zumbahua and is characterized by the icy winds that run the place.
Meet Tigua handicrafts

Visit to the artisan workshop in the community of Tigua

Color is the protagonist of the stories that narrate the crafts of Tigua, works that are manufactured by the community of the same name. These paintings bear geometric and figurative forms, typical of the pre-Columbian and colonial times respectively. The traces expose the passage of time, which is an important element of the Andean worldview. Most are masks made of pine wood and paintings created on sheep skin, which tell experiences of everyday life.
Toachi Canyon Lookout

Toachi Canyon Lookout

The Toachi River Canyon covers almost 30 kilometers in length with a drop of 100 meters, offers an unusual Andean landscape as a result of the eruptions of the Quilotoa volcano.
Return

Return to Quito

We start the route back to the city of Quito to disembark the passengers at the same boarding points. We will be in return at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Includes

  • Tourist Transport
  • Bilingual Guide (Spanish – English)
  • All Entrances
  • Lunch
  • Mini snack

Not includes

  • Other details not specified
  • Mule ride (optional) – (10 usd approximately contribution to the community of the sector)
  • Tips

Recommendations

  • Coat
  • Cap
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

RATES

ADULTS

60 USD

Applies for people from 12 years old to 64 years old

SPECIAL

40 USD

Applies for children up to 11 years old, seniors 65 years old and over, and people with disabilities (Valid ID required)

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