Quilotoa Crater Lake

Departure: Thursday & Sunday (shared tour) / every day (private tour)

Nearby the Andean mountains there is an emerald coloured lagoon, located inside a volcano crater with a height of 3800 meters (12,467 ft) named Quilotoa. Its geography allows us to walk down from the edge of the crater to the base where the lake is located. The minerals in the water make the lagoon a spectacle of different tones: green, turquoise and blue. Let yourself be amazed by the Quilotoa lagoon.


From Quito you head South to the Quilotoa area. The drive passes through Zumbahua canyon and tons of indigenous towns and farmlands. Depending on the day of your trip you will pay a visit to either Saquisilí (Thursdays), Zumbahua (Saturdays) or Pujilí (Sundays) for the local market or check out one of the small towns on non-market days. When you arrive to the entrance of the Quilotoa lake you will walk down to the shore of the lake where you can go kayaking or just enjoy the landscape. The ascent you can do walking or you can rent mules. After lunch in the village you will return to Quito, where you will arrive at the end of the afternoon.

As the weather of Quilotoa is unpredictable, we recommend to bring warm and waterproof clothing with you. It is recommendable to be acclimatized at 2500 meters (8,202 ft) for at least 2 days before doing this tour.

Included and excluded


  • Lunch
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transport
  • Permit Ilinizas Ecological Reserve

Not included:

  • Optional mules rent (±$10 p.p.)
  • Contribution to the community
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
What to bring?

For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Hat or lightweight scarf
  • Rain and windproof jacket
  • Layered clothing
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Water and snacks

Prices 2020

Shared tour
USD $50 p.p.

Private tour

Passengers Price per person Total price
1 $230 $230
2 $125 $250
3 $100 $300
4 $95 $380
5 $85 $425
6 $75 $450

Contact us for special group prices (more than 6 passengers).


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