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Quilotoa Lagoon Adventure from Quito

    What to Expect
    This full day cultural trip begins with a visit to a local indigenous market, Saquisili (Thursdays) or Pujili (Sundays). The drive to Quilotoa Lagoon – an amazing emerald lagoon inside a volcano crater at the height of 3,800m – displays beautiful views of the andean mountains, passing the ancient canyon of Zumbahua and many indigenous towns and farmlands.

    Before lunch we will visit a local aboriginal home where you have the opportunity to interact with the inhabitants.

    The tour includes a steep hike down to the lagoons shore. For the way back up to the starting point you can rent a mule.

    It is important that you are well prepared for 3,800m, so we recommend acclimatizing at least one day around 3,000m. The weather in the area of the Laguna is unpredictable so please bring warm and waterproof clothing.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Ecomontes Tour Cia. Ltda., Juan Leon Mera and Mariscal Foch, Quito 170143, Ecuador
    Departure Time
    06:45: Leave from Plaza Foch,Quito for transfer to Quilotoa
    09:30: Explore Saquisili/Pujili (Thursday/Sunday)
    11:00: Visit a native family
    13:00: View point of the Toachi
    13:15: Arrive at Quilotoa and begin descent to the Lagoon
    14:00: Return to the initial viewpoint / mules rent $10 *optional
    15:30: Lunch in a local restaurant
    16:30: Drive back to Quito
    19:00: Arrive at Plaza Foch (initial point)

    (Note: All times are approximate, except starting time)
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional bilingual guide
    • 1 lunch
    • Transportation from/to Quito
    • Entrance to the Quilotoa Lagoon ($2)
    • Mules for the way back up (optional rent $10)
    • Kayak (optional rent $3,50)
    • Optiona contribution to the native family
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Warm Clothes
    • Gloves, hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Extra water
    • Hiking shoes/boots
    • Camera
    • Snacks
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Suncream
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    We did a tour for the Quilotoa Lagoon and it was wonderful! We went down to the lagoon and did kayak. To climb back up was really difficult, but our guide, Carlos Gallegos, was fantastic the hole time! Excellent guide, professional, really helpful, patient and with a lot of
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    Response from andrespaezecuador, Public Relations Manager at Quilotoa Lagoon Adventure from Quito
    Responded 31 Jul 2019
    Thanks for the review!! we are happy that you enjoy the hole trip :)
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    Gulliver Expeditions arranged a customized private 2-day adventure for me and my sister, which included a hike around Quilotoa and a climb to the top of Illiniza Norte with overnight accommodations at Hosteria Papagayo. I arranged the itinerary from New York City and Paola was
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    Response from PapagayoSouth, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Quilotoa Lagoon Adventure from Quito
    Responded 5 Nov 2017
    Dear Renata L Thank you very much for you comment, we always work hard so our clients can have the best experience when you choose one of our tours. We will notify Paola about this great comment. Our guides and personnel is very qualify to satisfy our customer´s needs. We hope to see you in the future. Best Regards Gulliver Expeditions
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    We did a tour for the Quilotoa Lagoon and it was wonderful! We went down to the lagoon and did kayak. To climb
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