Jewels of the Andes | Quilotoa Lagoon Hike & Communities

This 3 day adventure package brings you from Quito, capital of Ecuador, through Andes Mountains to the only one emerald sparkling lake in the mountains. Travel along the Avenue of the Volcanoes and ad..
This 3 day adventure package brings you from Quito, capital of Ecuador, through Andes Mountains to the only one emerald sparkling lake in the mountains. Travel along the Avenue of the Volcanoes and admire the Ecuadorian highlands. Head to Quilotoa Lagoon in which you will have a chance to admire its flora and scenery. The Quilotoa Loop in the central highlands is a great way to experience the beautiful countryside of the Andes. You will pass indigenous and mestizo villages, meet local farmers, and enjoy spectacular sceneries with deep canyons, paramo highlands and snow-capped peaks. Then, you will be transferred back to Quito. This is a great chance to see the Andes on a 3-day trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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Services

Included
  • Adventure program in private or small groups
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • 2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
  • Private transportation
  • English - Spanish speaking certified guide
  • All activities as mentioned (hike, horseback ride, etc...)
  • National Park fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Excluded
  • Personal expenses
  • Mules,kayak rent in the lake
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Tips
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Vegetarian meals or preferences
  • Airport transfer service
  • Extension programs in the Andes or Amazon Jungle packages

Tour Details :

Volcanoes Avenue – Hike – Quilotoa Lagoon

Departure by car from Quito early in the morning at about 7:30 a.m. By heading south of Quito and driving through the Avenue of the Volcanoes passing through by the towns of Latacunga and Pujilí. On the way to Quilotoa we will stop to visit and indigenous local house from the “Paramos”, we will observe their clothes and customs, but the most important thing is that we are going to be with them in a typical indigenous house made of straw. we will sharing with them a short moment talking, watching and learning from them, about their life and how they prepare the soil to sow. We will also visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. Then, we will continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the cráter for 3 hours. Prepare yourself to enjoy an unforgettable experience by mule back riding! Enjoy of the most beautiful landscape in the highlands and traditional indigenous villages! Accommodation in Chugchilan.
Day 1

Hike – Indigenous Village – Mountains Scenery

Today we leave Quilotoa Crater after breakfast to hike down and up to Chugchilan. It is about 5 to 6 hours hike, going up from 3900 m. / 12.796 ft. Up to 3200 m. / 10.499 ft. We will go through the Rio Toachi Canyon and then back up to get to the road that takes us to Chugchilan. During this 5-hour hike you will have excellent views on the Toachi Canyon, and you will get good impressions what’s life like on the countryside in the Andes. Accomodation in Chugchilan in a local Lodge.
Day 2

Isinlivi Village – Hike - Quito

After breakfast you leave with the guide in the direction to Isinlivi, the next village on our trip. Descent 400m. Ascent 300m. Distance 12 km. 4 hours hike. We will go down into the warm canyon of Rio Toachi and have some nice hours hiking and relaxing at the riverbed before going the last meters up to Isinlivi. Lunch and return to Quito.
Day 3

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