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Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Volcanoes Excursion

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Leave urban Quito behind and lose yourself in Ecuador's natural beauty. Discover Cotopaxi, one of the world's highest active volcanoes, and marvel at the turquoise waters of Quilotoa Lagoon, a volcanic caldera.

Leave urban Quito behind and lose yourself in Ecuador's natural beauty. Discover Cotopaxi, one of the world's highest active volcanoes, and marvel at the turquoise waters of Quilotoa Lagoon, a volcanic caldera.

Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Volcanoes Excursion

After being picked up from your hotel at 6:55 in the morning, you'll leave Quito behind and head south on the Pan-American Highway. During the tour, we'll admire the Andes ecosystems and landscapes and you'll have the opportunity to drink the local tea that prevents altitude sickness. Don't worry about this as we have devices to measure the pressure, you just have to enjoy the ride!

The first step that you'll make will be in the Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of the world's highest active volcanoes. The park is Ecuador's second most important tourist attraction, beaten only by the Galapagos Islands in popularity.

Crossing the green páramo of the national park, you'll arrive at the flanks of the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano. Here, you'll have the opportunity to visit the park's museum and the Limpiopungo Lagoon, a stunning example of the imprint left by the ancient eruptions of the volcano. After a relaxed walk (if weather conditions allow it), you'll reach a forest of chuquiragas - a species of flower native to the Andes, which feed local hummingbirds - located almost 13,800 feet (4200 m) above sea level. 

Returning to the highway, you'll make your way southwest, arriving at the Quilotoa Volcano. The furthest west of Ecuador's volcanoes, the beautiful turquoise water-filled caldera was formed over 600 years ago after the volcano's devastating eruption. The dramatic scenery of the paradise lagoon is one of the country's most spectacular sights. A short hike (dependant on weather conditions) will bring you to the Quilotoa viewpoint, from which you'll enjoy an unforgettable panoramic view over Quilotoa Lagoon, one of the world's most beautiful volcanic lakes.

You'll then have free time to have lunch (not included) before taking the road back to Quito. The tour will end with drop off back at your hotel at about 7 pm. 

Hotel pickup

This tour includes pickup from the following hotels in Quito:

  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Dann Carlton
  • Le Parc Quito
  • Wyndham Garden
  • Swissotel Quito
  • NH Collection
  • JW Marriot Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Rio Amazonas
  • NU House Boutique
  • Reina Isabel
  • Mercure Alameda
  • Hilton Colon Quito
  • Patio Andaluz

If you're not staying at one of these hotels, you'll have to select the one closest to your accommodation.

Option without pickup

If you would prefer to make your own way to the meet point, we'll meet at Hotel NH Collection Quito at 6:58 am.

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Price

Adults Children under 3 years old
Tour without pick up
US$ 65
Free
Tour with pick up
US$ 69
Free

Tour without pick up

  • Adults

    US$ 65
  • Children under 3 years old

    Free

Tour with pick up

  • Adults

    US$ 69
  • Children under 3 years old

    Free

More Information

Duration

12 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.

Included

Hotel pickup and drop off

English– speaking guide

Transport by air conditioned bus

Entrance to Cotopaxi National Park

Not included

Food and drinks.

When to book?

You can book up to the start time, as long as there are places remaining. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.

Pets

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Are there any walks around the lagoon?

    A - No as going down to the lagoon and then back up again requires a lot of physical effort and time.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

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