Quilotoa The Emerald Lake Day Tour

1 day tour

Quilotoa The Emerald Lake Day Tour



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Quilotoa The Emerald Lake Day Tour

This one-day cultural tour will take us to one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador and South America: the amazing Laguna Quilotoa, and its surrounding villages. On day trips that occur on Thursdays, we will start our day with a visit to the famous local market of Saquisilí. On Sundays, we will visit the market in Pujili instead. Continuing our trip, we will then pass through the indigenous villages of the area which provide a fantastic chance to see the true Ecuador. When we reach the spectacular Quilotoa Crater Lake, we will hike down to the Laguna and back up again in a stunning two-hour hike tour. Down there, it is possible to go kayaking. It is also possible to hire mules as part of the trek. You will have the opportunity to observe the culture and rural life of indigenous Andean people. This Quilotoa day tour is a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of Ecuador in all of its forms.

Ecuador Programs


Explore the market of Saquisili / Pujili
PinExplore the market of Saquisili / Pujili

Explore the market of Saquisili / Pujili

Discover Quilotoa Crater Lake
PinDiscover Quilotoa Crater Lake

Discover Quilotoa Crater Lake

Visit of Toachi Canyon Crater
PinVisit of Toachi Canyon Crater

Visit of Toachi Canyon Crater


Additional Information

Quilotoa The Emerald Lake Day Tour

Tour Info

MontemarDeparture days shared tour : Tue, Thu, Sun
MontemarDeparture days private tour : Everyday


MontemarShared Tour: Professional and bilingual guide, lunch, transportation from/ to Quito
MontemarPrivate Tour: Professional and bilingual guide, private transportation from Hotel – Quilotoa – Hotel

Not Included

MontemarEntrance fee $2
MontemarTips & gratuities
MontemarMule $10
MontemarKayaking $3

What to bring

Warm clothing

Water and snacks

Camera with spare cards & batteries



Hiking shoes/boots

Waterproof jacket


Victoria S

Victoria S

Working with this company has been a pleasure. Christina was responsive, helpful, thoughtful, accommodating and extremely pleasant to work with. Waita Lodge is THE PLACE TO STAY in the Amazon. Owned and operated by local Ecuadorians, you get their true experience, and with passion, of the Amazon from people with an authentic love and care for the local community and environment of the Amazon. The food was amazing, meals prepared beautifully, service attentive and the environment homey. Portion of the profits go to advocacy efforts in the local communities of the Amazon.



Very good organization; always fast communication/response by Pablo/EcuaTraveling. The program took us to places and people we would not have selected/visited and that made it unique. The acclimatization tour @ Iliniza Norte was a great choice!

Marisol S

Marisol S

We had a great experience with our tour guide Stui! He told us so much about the volcanos, the history and people of the region! We enjoyed the tour because we got to taste Bizcochos at the place where they are made, we went to Lago de San Pablo, the Otavalo market, Cotacachi and hiked a bit in Cuicocha to see the beautiful lake! This experience was amazing,many thanks to our guide Stui, you are going a great job!!!