Best of Ecuador: Quilotoa Lagoon and Cotopaxi Volcano

Tour/Activity in Quito, Ecuador

About this activity

Two Andean highlights in one trip: the Quilotoa Lagoon and the Cotopaxi Volcano

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Day 1

Departure from Quito

Galapagos PRO Highlight: This excursion should not be missed in your Ecuador experience and is included in the tour price.

You will be picked up this morning at the pre-determined meeting point in Quito and head south.

Drive to the Quilotoa Lagoon

Drive south along the Avenue of the Volcanoes to the turquoise Quilotoa Lagoon. From the lookout point of the Shalalá Lodge you have a spectacular view over the lagoon, which sparkles in different shades of blue depending on the sunlight. This lookout offers incredible views out over the surrounding Andean landscape.

A narrow path leads down to the shore of the lagoon. Those looking to avoid the strenuous ascent back to the lodge have the option of hitching a ride on one of the mules. Afterwards visit the Communidad de Tigua, where you can visit various art and craft shops.

Day 2

Visit of the Cotopaxi National Park

The beautiful Limpiopungo Lagoon graces the slopes of Cotopaxi and makes for a magnificent scenic stop. Stop in at the Mariscal Sucre Interpretation Center in the National Park too. Head up the volcano to Jose Rivas Hut (4,864m), where you can enjoy lunch and the beautiful view.

Return to Quito

Drive back to Quito in the afternoon, reaching the city in the evening.

The order of activities varies depending on the departure day: Thursdays: Day 1 Cotopaxi - Day 2 Quilotoa (Departure 08:30) Fridays: Day 2 Quilotoa - Day 2 Cotopaxi (Departure 07:00)

On this excursion, you are traveling in a group.

Please bring: Rain and windproof jacket, gloves, hat, scarf, sunglasses, sturdy and comfortable shoes, sunscreen, camera and passport to register in the interpretation center.

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