Hidden in the Central Ecuadorian highlands, Quilotoa area offer one of the most breathtaking scenery in Ecuador. So it is perfect for people who seek for a taste of Indigenous culture and spectacular landscapes. Only on Saturday there is a mountain market at Zumbagua village, the indigenous vendors and buyers arrive riding on llamas and donkeys to trade their products, goods and animals. About 10 km beyond the market is located Quilota volcano, which holds inside its leaps an spectacular lake.
Due to the distance from Quito to Quilotoa, we highly recommend to consider two days trip, this area has a lot to offer and discover. Diversity of landscapes, casual cultural encounters, Indian Art Galleries, Indian Markets such as, Pujili and Zumbagua Market, tiny Indian villages, volcanoes views, ancient trails and much more.
Day 1 – Tigua and Quilotoa volcano
Leaving Quito early morning, we pass by the city of Latacunga and Pujili,Afterwards we will drive into the páramos (highlands) and visit the Art Gallery in Tigua village. Later on, we will arrive at Quilotoa crater and do a short hike along its crater edge and observe the sun set. Overnight in a cozy Indian Lodge.
Day 2 – By request
Depending on your fitness and desire, we can either hike around the complete crater (5 hours) or walk down to the lake to explore it. In the afternoon we will drive back to Quito via Chugchilan-Sigchos, enjoying the amazing views of Toachi River Canyon, Ilinizas and Cotopaxi volcanoes, arriving to Quito at the evening.