Quilotoa Crater Lake

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

Nearby the Andean Mountains there is emerald color lagoon, located inside a volcano crater with a height of 3800m named Quilotoa. Its geography allows us to go down by its surroundings from the top to its base. Quilotoa has the appearance of a caribbean island, but located in the middle of the andean region. 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 & farmlands. You will pay a visit to either Saquisilí (Thursdays) or Pujilí (Sundays) indigenous market. 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 you will return to Quito, where you will be back around 17:00 pm.

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 for at least 2 days before doing this tour. 

Included and excluded

  • (Box) lunch
  • 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 & sunglasses
  • Cap or lightweight scarf
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Layered clothing
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Water & snacks
Shared tour
USD $50 p.p.

Private tour

Passengers Price per person Total price
1 $190,00 $190,00
2 $110,00 $220,00
3 $80,00 $240,00
4 $80,00 $320,00
5 $80,00 $400,00
6 $75,00 $450,00

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


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