Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3 kilometres (2 mi)-wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following a catastrophic VEI-6 eruption about 800 years ago, which produced pyroclastic flows and lahars that reached the Pacific Ocean, and spread an airborne deposit of volcanic ash throughout the northern Andes. This last eruption followed a dormancy period of 14,000 years and is known as the 1280 Plinian eruption.
This full day cultural tour begins with a visit to local indigenous market at either Saquisilli (Thursdays only) or Pujili (Sundays only). The drive to Laguna Quilotoa – an amazing emerald lagoon inside a volcano crater at the height of approximatetly 3,800 m – displays a beautiful view of the Andean mountains, passing the ancient canyon of Zumbahua and many indigenous towns and farmlands. The trip through the villages of the area provide a fantastic chance to see one of the most authentic parts of the country. Before lunch we visit a local indigenous home where you have the opportunity to interact with the locals.
Prepare yourself for a taste of cultural and hiking.
06:30 am Meet at offices in Quito for breakfast.
09:30 am Explore Saquisili/Pujili (Thursday/Sunday).
10:30 am Depart for Laguna Quilotoa.
13:30 am Lunch, begin descent into Laguna.
15:00 am Explore Laguna- optional kayaking.
15:30 am Return ascent to crater.
16:30 am Begin drive back.
19:00 am Arrive in Quito.
Entry to Family Residence
Entry Fee to Quilotoa
| Optional Mule Ride approximately $10 US
Optional Kayak $5 US
MEETING POINT: Pick up at your hotel
PROGRAM LENGHT: 13 Hours
WHAT TO BRING:
Warm clothing (layers)
Extra snacks and water
Hiking boots or trekking shoes
Terms & Conditions
Any tour must be requested with at least 48 hours in advance, in order to coordinate properly the services, after this time you should contact direct to Ecuador Travel Online contact numbers information provided on this website. If you cancel at least 10 days in advance of the tour departure, it won’t incur in any cancellation fee. If you cancel between 5 and 9 days in advance of the tour departure, there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel within 4 days of the tour departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.