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1-day Hiking down to Quilotoa Lagoon

Location Quito, Ecuador
Location Pifo, Ecuador
$182.00
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Overview
Travel in the middle of volcanic scenery. Explore "The Avenue of the Volcanoes" in the Andes. Mountains and green pastures are your companions on this journey. See local people who were descendants of Panzaleos (ancient civilization). Dare to taste a guinea pig that is roasted above hot charcoal, this meat is considered a delicacy to people who are living in the rural areas. Surprising yourself to see a beautiful water filled volcanic caldera. Hike down to the shore of the lagoon and feel the energy of this millennial lagoon that was the result of a volcanic eruption 800 years ago. Quilotoa witnessed the last journey of the Inca mummy.
Tour guide
Language: English
Human tour guide
Duration: 9 hours
Availability depends on seasonality and number of participants. Bookings can not be made for the same day. Please read our TnC’s.

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  • Admission to Quilotoa reserve
  • A Certified Naturalist Guide/driver (English-speaking)
  • Transportation, pick-up and drop-off from Quito
  • Mule back riding $10 USD per person
  • Lunch
  • Travel insurance
  • Machachi
    Depart from Quito and cross over one of the most commercial and cow-farm towns of Ecuador. This inter-Andean valley known as Machachi houses more than one economic activity. Machachi is surrounding by rose plantations, natural water factories and dairy shops. In July, an indigenous festival is celebrated each year. The festival is called “El Paseo del Chagra” or the Andean Cowboy Festival which was considered by the government an intangible cultural heritage of Ecuador. On the road, there is a view point to observe the mountains and some volcanoes which are part of the Andes mountain range.
  • On specific days of the week, you can see how vendors and buyers coming down to the market from different villages. The market starts its activity early in the morning and is filled with colors either by the variety of products or by the typical dress of their natives who work in the market. The bargaining is part of the everyday of local people and makes you in a few seconds a good businessman. Indigenous markets can be visited Wednesday, Saturday (Zumbahua) and Sunday. (pass by)
  • Galeria del Primer Pintor de Tigua - "Julio Toaquiza Tigasi"
    Tigua community is one hour far away from Latacunga city, on the Pujili-La Mana road, in the Province of Cotopaxi. This community for several years has combined farming and craftsmanship labors. In this place, we make an stop to observe a large part of the artistry work carried out by its natives. In a small gallery paintings in acrylic or watercolor are displayed where the main scenes about the “Pachamama” (Mother earth) and local characters of the old Spanish haciendas are reflected. A guinea pig can be seen while it is circling in the roasting.
  • Laguna Quilotoa
    Quilotoa is a water-fill caldera that tops out at 12467 feet above sea level. The lagoon shows up different colors, it depends if the day is sunny or cloudy. You can be as active or relaxed as you like in the lagoon. Quilotoa offers a wide range of activities which to choose from: hiking, kayaking, photography or just enjoy this peaceful place from the look-out point. The activity that travelers enjoy the most is to walk down at the bottom of the crater to look at the lagoon and return. if your physical condition is not the best one, the return could be assisted by a local man who rent mules to come back to the viewpoint. Afterwards a long walk a pause is necessary to taste typical food in one of the community restaurants of Quilotoa. After a wonderful day is time to come back to Quito.
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
  • This experience requires good weather.
    If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers.
    If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met,
    you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
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    1-day Hiking down to Quilotoa Lagoon

    Location Quito, Ecuador
    Location Pifo, Ecuador
    $182.00
    This is an experience gift voucher. The recipient will book the experience after they redeem the gift voucher.
    How it works?
    01 You choose from 10 000+ experience gifts
    02 We deliver the eVoucher or the Physical box to the recipient
    03 Recipient books the experience and creates unforgettable memories!

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