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Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito

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Mariscal Foch 681
Mariscal Foch 681, Quito 170143, EcuadorAddress: Mariscal Foch Streed E5-08 and Juan Leon Mera - Corner - look for the tour bus
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    Laguna Quilotoa
    Stop: 8 hours -
    Start your day with a visit to the famous local market of Saquisilí. On Sundays, when the market is closed, you'll visit the first missionary church in Ecuador, located in Pujili. Continuing on, you'll pass through the indigenous villages of the area which provide a fantastic chance to witness true Ecuadorian culture. Arriving at the spectacular Laguna Quilotoa, you'll hike down to the Laguna and back in a stunning 45 min hike down and 1-hour hike up. It is possible to hire mules for part of the trek. Paying special attention to the culture and rural life of indigenous Andean people, this trip is a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of Ecuador in all of its forms. -------------------- ITINERARY -------------------- 07:00 - Depart from meeting point. 09:30 - Explore Saquisili/Pujili (Thursday/Sunday) and visit a native family. 10:30 - Depart to Laguna Quilotoa 13:00 - Begin descent to the Laguna 14:00 - Explore the Laguna shore 14:30 - Begin ascent to the Laguna viewpoint / mules rent $8 *optional 15:30 - Lunch (included) 16:30 - Arrive to Tigua Art community gallery 19:00 - Return to “Magic Bean“ restaurant (Juan Leon Mera and Mariscal Foch).
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Mariscal Foch 681, Quito 170143, Ecuador
    Departure Time
    6:50 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional and bilingual guide
    • Lunch
    • Transportation from/to Quito's meeting point
    • Mules rent $10p.p
    • Kayak rent $4p.p
    • Quilotoa entrance fee ($2)
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Necessary Equipment: Sunglasses and sun cream, Water and snacks, Camera, Hiking shoes, Big bag for shopping, Waterproof jacket
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We had a pleasant trip to Lake Quilotoa. The lake is beautiful and the weather was perfect! Important preparations: you will need a mask, scarf or some kind of face (nose/mouth) covering! The dust kicked up by all the donkeys and tourists will suffocate you! Of course,
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    Response from ecuatraveler, Owner at Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito
    Responded 8 Jan 2020
    Dear Client We appreciate all your comments, we already pass them to our operation manager and well take all your recommendation to improve this tour. We do apologize for the late return sometime Sunday are pretty busy days it could change our schedule. good luck in your travels. Ecuatraveling Team
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    This tour was a great way to have the experiences I couldn't have had on my own. The food market we stopped at was a wonderful sensory adventure and the guide suggested we tried tortillas de maiz, which turned out to be a great recommendation! Also, having someone advise you
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    Response from ecuatraveler, Owner at Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito
    Responded 15 Jul 2019
    Hello Clara! Thank you for your review and advice for other travels. We are glad that you found the tour to be such an amazing experience. We are always happy to share Quilotoa’s stunning view with our guests! Ecuatraveling Team
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    Well organised trip to a beautiful crater lake. The guide was helpful and informative. Make sure you are fit enough for the walk up, otherwise take a mule ($10), we are relatively young and fit but found it quite challenging. Good shoes essential as the path is steep and
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    Response from LoisfromHolland, Travel expert at Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito
    Responded 23 Jun 2019
    Hello traveller! Thank you for your detailed review. The altitude is indeed a change for all travelers so we recommend chocolate which works perfect! Good to hear that you had such a good time and hopefully we see you again in the future. Until then safe travels! Kind of regards, Lois Swart
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    We really enjoyed the trip to quilotoa and all of the stops! The market for breakfast was great and really interested! We also loved visitng the indigenous family. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and nice. He stayed with my friends and me when we were having trouble hiking
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    Response from LoisfromHolland, Travel Expert at Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito
    Responded 23 Jun 2019
    Hello Maryam, Thank you for your review! The altitude is so challenging but you did a great job. It's important to besides getting back up again also being able to enjoy your time there! Sorry to hear that the bus was very full that day. We always work with a maximum of passengers so that everything goes comfortable in the tour. We take this into consideration. Nevertheless, we are happy that you had such a good experience! Safe travels
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    I had a great time on the day-long Quilotoa tour. Everything went smoothly and each of the stops (Saquisilí, indigenous hut, canyon, and Quilotoa crater lake) was memorable. Our tour guide, Alex, was stellar and gave us a ton of interesting history and information about Ecuador,
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    Response from ecuatraveler, Owner at Full-Day Quilotoa Lake Hiking Tour from Quito
    Responded 27 May 2019
    Dear Pjamidj, Thank you for your kind review! We work hard to be able to offer our clients a memorable experience here in Ecuador. We are very happy that you had such a great time on the Quilotoa tour, and we will pass your kind words to our guide Alex! Happy further travels and hopefully, you come to visit us again sometime! The Ecuatraveling Team
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