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Quilotoa Lake guided hiking day

Fernando invites you to this amazing guided hike to the Quilotoa Lake. A day full of adventures and landscapes that will remain in your memories forever.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration1 day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Type of tripNot specified


This hiking day to Quilotoa Lake will be an amazing cultural tour with its starting point in the Indian market of Saquisilí or Pujilí. On the way to the Quilotoa Lake we can admire beautiful Andean landscapes among the antique Toachi Canon in Zumbahua Valley.

We will finally get to the lookout of the lake at 3.800 meters above the sea level. Here starts the descent and after 45 minutes, we will be at the lake level. Once we enjoy the place and take fabulous pictures we will hike up to the lookout again, have lunch and start our way back to Quito.

Then, here you have an itinerary of the guided hike to Quilotoa Lake:

In the morning we leave Quito and drive towards Quilotoa Lake. During the tour we will stop in an Indian house. Then, we will visit the community of Tigua to see the beautiful crafts the local people make.

About 4 hours later we will reach the lookout where we can really appreciate the crater magnitude and the depth of the lake. If you want to walk we can descent by a trail that will take us to the bottom of the lake, where we can rest for a while. In the place there are also mules (optional) that help you to get to the lake more easily.

By the afternoon we have lunch in Shalala Quilotoa and finally, we’ll return to the city of Quito.

What to bring with you: 

Small backpack, hiking shoes (better if waterproof), thermal pants, waterproof pants, long sleeve thermal shirt, an extra long sleeve thermal shirt, one fleece or polar, a windbreaker jacket, gloves, a cap, a buff, sunscreen, sun glasses, a water bottle and… A lot of energy!

It will be a very exciting hike in an amazing Ecuadorian paradise. Don’t doubt in contacting me if you are interested in this trip. I will be waiting for your message! 




About the guide

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ASEGUIM Guide from Ecuador.

I was born and raised in Cotopaxi Province – Ecuador and know the country’s peaks intimately. I have a great mountaineering experience of more than 12 years of climbing in all Ecuador, and I also climbed in South America, Switzerland and France.

I worked for the Nuevos Horizontes refuge on Ilinizas Volcano from a young age and have a professional Guide Training, and I am officially Licensed as Natural guide organized by Ministry of tourism.

Some of the guiding courses I attended are:

* Mountain Guides Course by ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides),
* Mountain Guides Evaluation by ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme) in October 2006. An event organized by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador and ENSA of France
* Pre-Course UIAGM an event organized by ASEGUIM and ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme)
* First Aids course, Ecuadorian Red Cross

I live and manage a hostal and lodge in El Chaupi, a beautiful mountain village an hour south from Quito, just in between Illinizas Ecological Reserve and Cotopaxi National Park. It looks like a typical swiss town in the Alps, and has everything to become a great mountaineering center, the ‘Chamonix or Zermatt of South America’!

I speak fluent Spanish, English, and little German, French, Hebrew and kichua.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 320 each

Group of 2

USD 160 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Personal Insurance

- Drinks

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