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Quilotoa Crater Lake

Quilotoa - Banos
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Quilotoa  Tour from Banos,

Quilotoa  is a water-filled crater lake and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3-kilometre (2 mi)-wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following a catastrophic VEI-6 eruption about 800 years ago, which produced pyroclastic flows and lahars that reached the Pacific Ocean, and spread an airborne deposit of volcanic ash throughout the northern Andes.

Embark on a mesmerizing tour to Qilotoa from Banos, a journey that promises to be an unforgettable adventure. As you leave the charming town of Banos, nestled amidst lush greenery and cascading waterfalls, the landscape gradually changes, revealing the stunning Ecuadorian Andes.

The scenic drive leads you through picturesque villages and fertile farmlands, where locals welcome you with warm smiles and a glimpse of their traditional way of life. As you ascend higher, the air becomes crisp, and the views become more awe-inspiring.

Arriving at Quilotoa Lake, you are greeted by an otherworldly sight – a breathtaking turquoise crater lake nestled within the dormant Quilotoa volcano. The sight is nothing short of awe-inspiring, and you have the opportunity to hike around the crater’s rim, offering panoramic vistas of the deep blue waters below.

As the day comes to a close, you return to Banos, filled with memories of the stunning natural beauty and the warmth of Ecuadorian hospitality. This tour to Quilotoa Lake from Banos de Agua Santa is a truly enchanting experience that will linger in your heart for years to come.

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  • Quilota Tour from Banos !
  • The meeting point is our office 10-15 minutes before the scheduled departure. From Baños to Quilotoa it takes us 2:30 hours more or less. First we take the Baños-Quito route in which we travel through the Andean alley enjoying part of the Volcanoes Street , where We appreciate some of the volcanoes that surround us or that are nearby.
  • When we arrived in Latacunga, we take the route Latacunga-La Mana for about 1 hour, until Zumbahua from where we take the road to Quilotoa, From ZUmbahua to the lake it takes 20min.
  • We arrived at the Parking Place at 3800mt which is 20 meters away from the entrance to the lake. From where we can walk to the lake, this walk takes us 25min, to return takes 1:30hr on average or you can also rent mules to go up. After this walk and enjoy the lake, we can walk a bit on the right side until the Mirador Shalala . After this walk we return to the parking place and begin our return to Banos.
  • Remember that from Latacunga to Quilotoa you can see several indigenous communities, where we can see and learn about their millenary culture and tradition. Also we could see some of the biggest volcanos Ecuador, an amazing Andean Landscape.

Bulk discount (by amount)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Special Price for Groups -% 3 20 10


Meeting point and Time

08:45 meeting at the office pick up under request
Our guide will wellcome us and we check everything we need for this day


09:00 Departure towards Quilotoa
It take us 3rh more or less to get the parking place 10mt away from the crater.

Reaching Quilota

Once we reach the Quilotoa parking place we get ready and hike down to the lake, we will spend some time there, we can try kayaking, walking around, swimming (possible being carefull), to hike up we can hire mules.


Returning to the parking place we will look for a place to have lunch, after this we will resta bit, visit the local handcraft market.


  • Private Transportation
  • Certified Guides
  • Lunch
  • HD Pic&Vid File
  • Any ot specified service or expense

Tour's Location

Quilotoa - Banos


What to Bring ?
Rain/wind jacket, sun glasses, sun cream, outdoor clothes, water, some cash.
Vegan Lunch ?
Yes, we can arrange the lunch for vegan people


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