Cotopaxi-Quilotoa Program (2 days)

Departure: Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday (shared tour) / every day (private tour)

This 2 day program combines some of the most exiting activities around the Andes in Ecuador: Cotopaxi bikes with the magnificent views of this great volcano and the beautiful Lagoon Quilotoa in the extinct volcano of the same name and a comfortable stay of one night in the Cotopaxi area.

Active
85%
Culture
30%
Nature
100%
Relax
20%
Day 1
From Quito you head South to the Cotopaxi National Park. On the way, you will make a stop at a basic local restaurant for breakfast. Once inside the park, your guide will tell you about the flora and fauna that can be found here. After parking at 4500m, you hike up to the Jose Rivas Refuge that is located at 4864m. Here you are going to have a little rest so you can regain some energy with a hot chocolate or coffee. If you bring your original passport, you can let it stamped with a Cotopaxi stamp inside the refuge. You will head back to the parking place as a group. Afterwards you either go downhill mountain biking towards the Limpiopunga Lake, or you can choose to descend in the bus. Depending the day, lunch will be served in a restaurant or as a box lunch in the bus. After the tour head back to the lodge in the area, just outside the Cotopaxi National Park, where you will stay the night.

Day 2
Ever growing in popularity and understandably so, Quilotoa is a must-see when visiting Ecuador. This volcanic crater is filled with crystal-blue water and holds a special place in local indigenous mythology for being bottomless. Along the drive to reach the crater you will pass by local markets in Saquisili (Thursdays) or Pujilí (Sundays) where you will gain an appreciation for the indigenous way of life. You’ll also pass through the canyon of Zumbahua which makes for a great photo opportunity and close to there you will visit an indigenous family. When you reach Quilotoa itself you can walk down from the rim to the water’s edge and appreciate it´s beauty up close for yourself, or go optional kayaking. The hike back up is rather steep however there is always the option of renting a mule for a few extra dollars. After lunch you will return to Quito, where you will be back around 17:00 pm.

If you start this program on Thursday, the order of the two tours are reversed; you will then visit Quilotoa on Thursday and Cotopaxi on Friday. In this case breakfast on day 1 is not included.

As the weather of Cotopaxi and Quilotoa is unpredictable, we recommend to bring warm and waterproof clothing with you. It is recommendable to be acclimatized at 2500 meters for at least 2 days before doing tour.

Included:

  • Accommodation (1 night) based on double-occupancy room
  • Breakfast (2x) – in case you start the program on Thursday, there is only breakfast included on day 2
  • (Box) lunch (2x)
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transport
  • Mountain bike & helmet
  • Permit Cotopaxi National Park & Ilinizas Ecological Reserve

Not included:

  • Optional mules rent at Quilotoa ($10 p.p.)
  • Contribution to the community
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Warm & layered clothing
  • Gloves & hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Water & snacks

Shared tour with private accommodation
USD $140 p.p. (double room)
USD $155 p.p. (single room)

Private tour
Contact us for detailed prices.