Cotopaxi and Quilotoa Tour
Visit in one day two wonderful places on your trip to Ecuador. Cotopaxi Quilotoa tour sites that like the Galapagos Islands, Also have a volcanic origin. Do not skip the opportunity to discover these two beautiful places in one day. In our Cotopaxi and Quilotoa Full Day Tour departing from Quito. Where you can contemplate the beauty of the active volcano Cotopaxi. Thus, the diversity of flora and fauna of the Cotopaxi National Park. And the impressive volcanoes that make up the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Also the viewpoint of the Quilotoa Lagoon. Below, we present everything you will find along our tour:
Cotopaxi National Park
The elevation of the Cotopaxi National Park begins at 3.200 to 5.897 meters. It is the second highest and most active volcano in Ecuador, after the Chimborazo volcano, the Cotopaxi Volcano. It’s localized between the provinces of Pichincha and Cotopaxi. Additionally, it is a very popular choice among mountaineering and hiking lovers. As well as those who enjoy being surrounded by nature and beautiful landscapes.
The Quilotoa Volcano is located west of the Cotopaxi National Park, within the Ilinizas Ecological Reserve in the Cotopaxi Province, 170 km southwest of Quito. The origin of the Quilotoa lagoon is a volcanic 6 km diameter that forms a caldera 2.9 km in diameter and 640 m deep whereas an alkaline lagoon lies that measures 3.6 km in diameter and has a depth of 240 m. The most spectacular thing is to be able to observe the emerald green quilotoa lagoon and in seasons of turquoise color
Cotopaxi Quilotoa Tour
If you have limited time in Quito and youd like to do Cotopaxi tour and Quilotoa tour?. here we present to you the best option to combine the to wonderfull locations in the south of Quito city. At the end of Cotopaxi Quilotoa tour you will be exusted, but you will be happy to had made it.
Yes, it is true visiting the cotopaxi national park requires a full day visit, and anjoying with time of the lanscape and walking to the base camp or to the glacial hopefully of the volcano. Thus, spending full time in the Quilotoa for the kayacs in the lake lagoon or making the Quilotoa loop or camping in the area will be the best in a program of 3 or more days.
Cotopaxi National Park
60 km south from the city of Quito and 35 km northeast of Latacunga. Cotopaxi National Park is located in the province of Cotopaxi. In the Cotopaxi National Park is the Cotopaxi volcano. And its formation is due to volcanic strata formed over thousands of years. Dating back to the Pleistocene epoch. Cotopaxi is a young volcano and the most popular of all volcanoes in Ecuador. And it has a climate that ranges from 4 °C (39.2°F) to 15 °C (59°F).
Flora and Fauna of the Cotopaxi National Park
Among the Andean flora and fauna that predominates in Cotopaxi National Park. There is the chuquiragua, “the flower of the Andean climber”. So called because it is at 4000 m above sea level. Also, there are grasslands, puma maqui, romerillo, quishuar, grasses, mosses and lichens. Also along the route you can find other animals. For example: cows, wild horses, hummingbirds, quilicos and curiquingues. If you are lucky you will have the opportunity to cross paths with foxes and deer. Also with marsupial mice, Andean foxes and moor wolves. Even a colossal Andean condor found in Cotopaxi National Park.
Active Cotopaxi volcano
Cotopaxi is in the area called “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Its name come from the German Alexander Von Humboldt in 1802. The volcano stands out among all the landscape of the National Park. So, it has glaciers and perpetual snow starting at 5000 meters (16404.2 ft.). Also, to the north you can observe a huge black rock wall, called Yana – Sacha. Besides, the hike takes 30 minutes from the Rivas refuge you can reach the snow-capped peak.
Andes mountains on the way to Quilotoa Lagoon
The paramo andino on the way to Quilotoa lake
The Quilotoa Lagoon is two and a half hours from Cotopaxi National Park. Located in the province of Cotopaxi. Within the Ecological Reserve Los Ilinizas, is the Quilotoa Lagoon. It is an inactive volcano of 6 km in diameter, formed by a caldera of 2.9 km in diameter and 640 m (2,099 ft) deep. Here, rests an alkaline lagoon measuring 3.6 km in diameter and 240 m (787.4 ft) deep. The color of the Quilotoa lagoon is emerald green, resembling a mirror.
Trekking to the bottom of Quilotoa crater lake
Upon arrival we will head towards the edge of the Quilotoa crater lake, from this point we will have an excellent point to take pictures of some of Quilotoa Lagoon. Also, from where we will have time to be able to go down to the bottom of the Quilota lagoon, upon arrival there is the option of kayaking in the Quilotoa lake, then the return trek to the edge.
Cotopaxi Quilotoa Tour rates
$199 price per person booking for two or more visitors
$239 price per 1 visitor
It is advisable to arrive before 13:00 pm. Since, the fog begins to descend and you will not be able to appreciate its beauty. The Quilotoa community is in charge of managing this attraction. Too, they offer different services such as horseback riding to the lagoon. Also, boat and kayak rentals. And you can enjoy various recreational activities in Quilotoa.
FAQs about Cotopaxi Quilotoa Tour
How long time take the Cotopaxi Quilotoa tour?
- This is a full day from Quito and could take 10 to 12 hours around.
Which days are available for the Cotopaxi Quilotoa tour?
- The departure is every day from Quito
Is including the pick-up from my hotel to the Cotopaxi Quilotoa Tour?
- Yes, including pick-up and drop-off.
Which activities can I do on Cotopaxi Quilotoa Tour?
- Visiting the Limpiopungo area which is the best place to take the pictures of Cotopaxi volcano
- Short walking in the Limpiopungo lake in the Cotopaxi National Park
in Quilotoa Lake
- Walking in the rim in of Quilotoa crater lake
- Trekking to the bottom of the lake (optional)
- Kayaks in the lake of Quilotoa (optional)
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Amazing Volcanos - We had many tours with Pedro as he was our personal guide for 3 weeks, He was prompt every morning picking us up in Old Town Quito and taking us... read more
December 6, 2022
Disappointed and poor value. Nice guide - Our guide was very nice and on time but the sites were okay and the addition of tickets was annoying. It would feel better to have it all bundled
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December 10, 2022
Pedro was delightful, was very knowledgeable and took us all the way to the glacier. Jimmy the driver also did a great job getting us safely through challenging terrain. Great... read more
December 31, 2022