2-DAY TREKKING THE QUILOTOA CRATER LAKE

2-DAY TREKKING THE QUILOTOA CRATER LAKE

2 DAYS

FROM $475

Trip type

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Active Adventure

Activity Level

Daily activities may include short hikes and drives on bumpy roads. Voyagers should be in good health and wear comfortable walking shoes to endure standing for prolonged periods of time.
Moderate

Service Level

Comfortable and appropriate accommodations, mostly local-won and with big personality, and mix of public and private transport especially with sea, train and flights.
Standard

Small Group Departure

Max. 6 / Av. 4
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TRIP OVERVIEW

Pasochoa is an old and extinct volcano, which because of the interesting process of eruption, the last activity makes a crater where now we can see the Andean forest, one of the last remnant forests in the area, around the area is full of farms.

Pasochoa is part of SNAP (Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas) National System of Protected Areas, the diversity of animals and vegetation creates a beautiful wildlife sanctuary.

In something more than 500 hectares we can find an interesting change between Andean Forest to a forest with bush and grassland, also the different species of animals, birds, and plants will be a great experience.

We will pick you up at approximately 6:00 am. Then, we will arrive at the Santa Rita farm at 9:00 am approx. Then hike to the summit of Pasochoa (duration of the walk 5 hours approx.) You will enjoy and taste a typical lunch. At 16:00 pm, we will return to Quito.

TRIP ACTIVITIES

Culture
Kayaking
Trekking
Wildlife

Pasochoa is an old and extinct volcano, which because of the interesting process of eruption, the last activity makes a crater where now we can see the Andean forest, one of the last remnant forests in the area, around the area is full of farms.

Pasochoa is part of SNAP (Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas) National System of Protected Areas, the diversity of animals and vegetation creates a beautiful wildlife sanctuary.

In something more than 500 hectares we can find an interesting change between Andean Forest to a forest with bush and grassland, also the different species of animals, birds, and plants will be a great experience.

We will pick you up at approximately 6:00 am. Then, we will arrive at the Santa Rita farm at 9:00 am approx. Then hike to the summit of Pasochoa (duration of the walk 5 hours approx.) You will enjoy and taste a typical lunch. At 16:00 pm, we will return to Quito.

Culture
Kayaking
Trekking
Wildlife

Early in the morning, after a hearty breakfast, we will drive for 3 hours to Chugchilán village, from here we will begin our 4 to 5 hours trekking to adventure on small trails blazed by the mountain people and still used by locals to transport commercialized products, and to travel across canyons of the Andean range to reach neighbor communities. While trekking on this trail, often you see the traditional custom of exchanging goods with one another still being utilized. We will hike down across impressive canyons to later climb back up to the top of the crater rim where you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Quilotoa Lake. The magic of this place will take your breath away.

Accommodation: Local Hosteria

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner.

Quilotoa Crater Lake is our main goal on this day. After breakfast, we will take a hike down to the base of the crater in the middle of the volcano, on a beautiful step trail that has been considered sacred for all local communities that live around Quilotoa. Once in the lake, we will have some time to explore the crater of this mythical active volcano and go for a swim in volcanic waters if you wish.

Once in the crater, we will take kayaks and paddle for approximately half hour to reach the heart of the volcano and see water springs coming from the activity of the volcano.

On the way back from the crater, if you consider yourself a bit tired, there is a unique opportunity to rent a mule and ride a very challenging steep trail.

In the afternoon, we will get transferred to a small village with a very colorful market, located in the center of the Ecuadorian highlands. This is our opportunity to see the real life of the local people.

Later in the afternoon we will drive back to Quito.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

What’s Included?

  • Activities:   2 days Trekking the Quilotoa loop, visit the Quilotoa crater lake, kayaking in volcanic lakes, View of llamas and Alpacas, Cultural experience with the local people, Indian authentic market.
  • Accommodation:  1 night at local Hosteria.
  • Transportation:    Private and comfortable transport, truck.
  • Meals Included:  1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner.
  • Trip Leader:    Certified expert leaders and local guides.

What is not included?

  • Travel insurance (required).
  • Meals not describe in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips.
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ITINERARY

Early in the morning, after a hearty breakfast, we will drive for 3 hours to Chugchilán village, from here we will begin our 4 to 5 hours trekking to adventure on small trails blazed by the mountain people and still used by locals to transport commercialized products, and to travel across canyons of the Andean range to reach neighbor communities. While trekking on this trail, often you see the traditional custom of exchanging goods with one another still being utilized. We will hike down across impressive canyons to later climb back up to the top of the crater rim where you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Quilotoa Lake. The magic of this place will take your breath away.

Accommodation: Local Hosteria

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner.

Quilotoa Crater Lake is our main goal on this day. After breakfast, we will take a hike down to the base of the crater in the middle of the volcano, on a beautiful step trail that has been considered sacred for all local communities that live around Quilotoa. Once in the lake, we will have some time to explore the crater of this mythical active volcano and go for a swim in volcanic waters if you wish.

Once in the crater, we will take kayaks and paddle for approximately half hour to reach the heart of the volcano and see water springs coming from the activity of the volcano.

On the way back from the crater, if you consider yourself a bit tired, there is a unique opportunity to rent a mule and ride a very challenging steep trail.

In the afternoon, we will get transferred to a small village with a very colorful market, located in the center of the Ecuadorian highlands. This is our opportunity to see the real life of the local people.

Later in the afternoon we will drive back to Quito.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

PHOTOS FROM OUR GALLERY

What’s Included?

  • Activities:   2 days Trekking the Quilotoa loop, visit the Quilotoa crater lake, kayaking in volcanic lakes, View of llamas and Alpacas, Cultural experience with the local people, Indian authentic market.
  • Accommodation:  1 night at local Hosteria.
  • Transportation:    Private and comfortable transport, truck.
  • Meals Included:  1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner.
  • Trip Leader:    Certified expert leaders and local guides.

What is not included?

  • Travel insurance (required).
  • Meals not describe in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips.

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TRIP DETAILS

  • The order of the itinerary may change if necessary.
  • At the time of the reservation, the entire payment per person is required (non-refundable)
  • In case the passengers do not appear to take the tour or cannot travel for any reason, they will be considered as NO SHOW and a 100% penalty will apply.
  • If the reservation is not paid in full, no service voucher is delivered.
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