Quilotoa, an emerald colored lake located inside a volcano crater, is one of the Andes’ gems. At 3800m, the lake is also a host to surrounding indigenous communities. The drive to Quilotoa passes through the Zumbahua canyon and various indigenous towns and farmlands. Depending on the day, we will visit either the Saquisilí (Thursdays), or Pujilí (Sundays) indigenous markets so you can appreciate the contrast between these and those of the Imbabura province (Otavalo.) Before lunch, we will visit Shalala, a community well known for their handicrafts. This tour includes a native Quilotoa guide.
Weather in Quilotoa is very unpredictable, so we recommend being prepared with warm and waterproof clothing (layers always help).
-Transportation from Quito to Quilotoa and return
-Entry fee Quilotoa $2
-Items not mentioned in the itinerary
-Kayak in lake ($3)/Horse ride up crater ($10)
|Pick up at 07:00 am at central location|
|Leave towards Saquisili / Pujili / Indian markets (it depends on the day)|
|Depart to an indigenous hut followed by depart to Quilotoa Lagoon|
|Arrive to Quilotoa followed by trek around the crater|
|Arrive to Tigua community|
|Return towards Quito|