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QUILOTOA LOOP

 

QUILOTOA LOOP
 
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. Weather in Quilotoa is very unpredictable, so we recommend being prepared with warm and waterproof clothing (layers always help). 

ITINERARY: 
7am Pick up from the meeting point (location depending on the hotel you’re staying) Leave towards Saquisili or Pujili Indian markets (depending on the day) Depart to Quilotoa Lagoon Arrival to Quilotoa and hike around the crater  Lunch Visit Tigua community Return towards Quito 

 

PRICE PER PERSON

US $65

DEPARTURE DAYS Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays

 

INCLUDED: Private transportation, english speaking guide, bike, helmet, lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

Day Trips

Otavalo Indian Market Tour
USD $ 55 / Departure: Tuesdays & Saturdays
Departure from Quito through the "Panamericana Norte" via a short stop; visit the viewpoint of the road to Cayambe to admire and photograph the beautiful valleys and mountains surrounding this place, crossing the equatorial line at Cayambe
Cotopaxi Bike & Hike
USD $65 / Departure: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
In the morning we drive south through the Avenue of the Volcanoes to the base of the Cotopaxi Volcano, the highest active volcano in the world at 5,897 meters (19437 feet ).
Mindo Cloud Forest
USD $ 60 / Departure: Tuesdays, Thursdays 
Mindo is a rural parish just 2 hours from Quito (80 km – 48 miles), located in Los Bancos canton in the province of Pichincha. Mindo is known for its famous growth in ecotourism based in the Mindo – Nambillo Protected Forest.
BIRD WATCHING MINDO
USD $193 / Departure: Every Day
This fascinating day will be start at 5:00 am from your centrally hotel in Quito. You will be taking into the private reserve “Andean Cock of the Rock”. This magnificent bird is possible to be spotting in this private farm. This bird is one of the most popular birds in the cloud forests
CITY TOUR + MITAD DEL MUNDO
USD $ 53 / Departure: Monday to Saturday
We start to the north of the city with a touristic route along the most important commercial areas, where many of Quito's hotels are located.
CITY TOUR
USD $ 35 / Departure: Every Day
We´ll be able to see the beautiful churches like "La Compania"(1605), "The Sacrarium Church" admiring its fascinating altars.
QUILOTOA LAGOON
USD $ 65 / Departure: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays
Enjoy a tour to the Quilotoa Lagoon from Quito. Along the way, admire a spectacular view of the Avenue of Volcanoes and the Ecuadorian Andes. Learn about the indigenous Andean cultures and traditions, and take memorable pictures.
PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS
USD $ 65 / Departure: Fridays
The potential activity of the Antisana Volcano allows us to enjoy medicinal hotsprings surrounded by mountains at more than 3300 mts.
COTOPAXI & QUILOTOA LAGOON
USD $ 55 / Departure: Thursday
Departure early in the morning by the "Panamericana Sur" road, appreciating beautiful landscapes and diverse ecosystems, as a clear sign of the majesty of the Andes.

DAY TRIPS

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Cotopaxi bike & hike

Have you ever been near an active volcano?? Well, in this trip we will bike close to the second highest active volcano in the world! And, if lucky, we will see some of that activity! After a two hour drive to 3800 meters above sea level (12500 ft ASL)

Mindo Cloud forest

Day tours to MIndo and its marvellous cloud forest full of birds and wildlife. Shared tours on Mondays 60 usd. Private tours any day 90 usd

Termas de Papallacta

Hot springs in Papallacta. this beautiful lodge and spa is the perfect place for realx and enjoy the Andes. day in shared basis tour 60 usd. private tour 90 usd

Quito City & Mitad del Mundo

a perfect tour visiting the old town of Quito, the mitad del mundo munument and finally the teleferico. Daily in shared basis tour 40 usd. Any day in private tour 60 usd

BIRD WATCHING MINDO

This fascinating day will be start at 5:00 am from your centrally hotel in Quito. You will be taking into the private reserve “Andean Cock of the Rock”. This magnificent bird is possible to be spotting in this private farm.

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