Duration: 1 Day
Departures: Every Day
Difficulty: Fácil

Quilotoa Day Tour


Quilotoa Day Tour from Quito

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 to 3 hours.

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 where 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

Nuestro Quilotoa tour from Quito es la manera perfecta de explorar la majestuosidad de los Andes ecuatorianos. El Quilotoa, con su impresionante laguna de color turquesa en el fondo del cráter, es un verdadero tesoro natural que debes presenciar con tus propios ojos.

En nuestro Tour Quilotoa, te sumergirás en la rica cultura de las comunidades indígenas locales, admirando sus artesanías y conectando con su forma de vida única. Caminarás por senderos panorámicos que te ofrecerán vistas panorámicas incomparables de los alrededores, ¡un paraíso para los amantes de la fotografía!

No importa si eres un aventurero apasionado, un amante de la naturaleza o alguien que busca un escape de la rutina diaria, nuestro Tour Quilotoa tiene algo especial para todos.

¡Bienvenidos al emocionante Tour Quilotoa! Si estás buscando una experiencia inolvidable en Ecuador, no busques más. Nuestro Quilotoa Day Tour te llevará desde la vibrante ciudad de Quito hasta el impresionante Quilotoa, un cráter de volcán colosal que te dejará sin aliento.


  • Confortable Transportation
  • Tour Guide
  • Quilotoa Lagoon fee
  • Lunch
  • Indian market of Saquisilí (Thursday) or Pujilí (Sunday)
  • Visit to indian family of the Andes
  • Tigua Community
  • Toachi Canyon.
  • Trekking to the bottom of Quilotoa lake


We detail the activities that we will carry out so that you discover the Quilotoa lake Tour
  • Quilotoa Day Tour from Quito.

    quilotoa-day-tourWe pick you up from any hotel in the metropolitan district of Quito. Depending on the weather, at the exit of Quito we can see the Avenue of the Volcanoes, from north to south on Simón Bolívar Avenue we can see: Cayambe Volcano, Antisana Volcano, El Pasochoa, Cotopaxi Volcano, Rumiñahui. Towards the western part of the City of Machachi we will find the north westh Ilinizas and also the Corazon Volcanoes.

  • Exploration of the indian market of Saquisilí (Thursday) or Pujilí (Sunday)

    quilotoa-day-tour-trekking-indian-marketIn the province of Cotopaxi we find these two towns where the picturesque indian markets of the Andean Sierra are found, such as those of Saquisilí, whose market is every Thursday, where you can find typical local food, vegetables, and also an animal market. On Wednesdays, we enter the indian market in Pujili.

  • Visit to indian family of the Andes

    quilotoa-day-tour-from-quitoOn our Quilotoa tour from Quito we will also visit one of the indian families that are on the road that connects to the quilotoa lagoon. Here we can appreciate how families live at this point, economy, animals they own.

  • Tigua Community

    quilotoa-day-tour-indian-paintersIt is a small village of painters, where we make a brief stop where we can find naif painting, where they portray: the Andean paramo, Ecuadorian popular festivals, the Andean condor, Quilotoa legends, among others.

  • Toachi Canyon.

    quilotoa-full-dayIt is a formation that is born from the Quilotoa lagoon and you can see the slopes that have a depth of 150 meters.

  • Trekking to the bottom of Quilotoa crater lake

    quilotoa-day-tour-trekkingUpon 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.

  • Lunch at a local restaurant in the Quilotoa Village

  • Driving back to the Quito City

  • $ 179 Price for 1 person, in small groups.

    $149 Price per Person from 2 or more

    $ 199 Price for 1 person in Private Tour

    $169 Price per Person from 2 or more

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Our Reviews About This Tour

Amazing view and great guide!


A really great trip and a really nice guide named Pedro. And you get a lot for the money.
We went to a local market, local farmer, and a local gallery before heading to the lagoon. The view here was really amazing! We got some time for ourselves to go down to the crater and kayak (kayak not included but only 3 dollars per person). Afterwards lunch were included.
The guide Pedro is very reliable and you feel comfortable in his presence.
I recommend bringing snacks and lots of water as the trek back up from the crater can be challenging. And dress in layers as it is very cold and windy on top and warm down in the crater.
I can really recommend this trip, guide and company

isabella k
November 27, 2023

Beautiful day !

Irene was a super tour guide, full of energy and stories, we had a really good day and got really lucky cause there was no fog when we arrived in quilotoa so it was really pretty ! We also went to another gorgeous viewpoint and learned some quichua ! Beautiful day !
January 22, 2023

Great Day Trip

Pedro was a phenomenal guide. Super knowledge and super encouraging and patient with me while I hiked up (it was tough)!
Shivani S
June 21, 2021


I had a great experience with the Quilotoa tour! Mainly due our amazing guide Pedro in Quito! He was just incredible! He knew pretty much everything about the history, culture and people of Ecuador! My friend made lots of questions and he answered all of them with minimum details and with a perfect English!!! Pedro was so patient with us, he didn’t rush us at all, he made lots of stops so we could take pictures, and of course, every stop he gave us lots of information about the place! Just what we look for on a guide! We now want to go for other tours and will make sure we’ll have him as our guide again! It was a great experience and it was worth every penny! Thank you again Pedro!
Igor L
Kyiv, Ukraine
May 6, 2021

Laguna de Quilotoa tour

On November 11th my friends and I went on the Laguna de Quilotoa tour with Pedro our tour guide. The day started really well, with Pedro being able to rally the guys into having a great start with his humour and knowledge. He allowed everyone to get to know each other and emphasised the important parts of the trip. Pedro’s experience and his ability to relate to the group inspired hope within our group to continue to challenge ourselves on other hikes. For things to do in Ecuador and especially in Quito a visit to Laguna De Quilotoa is a must. We hiked down which was enjoyable as the weather conditions were great and the hike up was challenging but very do able I managed to hike up in 35 minutes and felt exhilarated by the end as this was my first experience hiking.
United States
November 12, 2018

Great tour/Fantastic time

We went on the Laguna de Quilotoa tour. We had a fantastic time. Pedro, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and friendly. He took the time explain every important site along the way. He truly made the tour fun and memorable. Laguna de Qilotoa is a magical place and a must see. We hiked down to the laguna shore and decided to pay the nominal fee to climb back up on a burro. That was a lot of fun! The hike is a bit steep so we would highly recommend the burro ride going back up. The views of the laguna from above were amazing. We highly recommend this tour when visiting Quito.
Brad M
Dallas, TX
November 11, 2018
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