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Laguna Quilotoa

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Laguna de Quilotoa, 070701, Ecuador
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All reviews crater lake the loop day trip walked down direct bus cloud forest per person breathtaking views the black sheep inn steep trail mule ride rent a kayak one night beautiful hike hiked down take pictures sunny day
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Reviewed yesterday

The whole tour is lovely, from the Shalala viewing platform to the lagoon shore. The way back to the top of the crater is really tough, so if you have the chance of renting a horse or a mule, I would recommend it. Usually the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Cmcorzo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On about day 4 of our trip to Ecuador we hired a private guide Lincoln Jabra. We had to make the choice between a trip to Cotopaxi and the trip to Quilatoa. We chose Quilatoa ..not just for the breathtaking views (which we had admired...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jewelduck
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is not much to add to the previous reviews. My wife and I hiked from Sigchos to Isinlivi and then to Chugchilan. Our initial plan was to then hike up to Quilatoa and the lake. We were advised by local knowledge to take a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank francophile978
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a fabulous morning walking down to the lagoon at Quilotoa. It is a steep trail, and lots of folks choose to take advantage of the offers of horseback rides to get back to the top. We took it slow, with lots of stops...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Zuzy Q
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful place. I only have a few hours to spend there and did walk up to the highest point and back but the trail is clearly signposted and there were some people out there preparing it for the season. Mirradors are clearly marked and easy...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chuckandthechick
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived on an overcast late afternoon and walked along the rim for a while (seeing among other things a cross between a llama and an alpaca). The views are spectacular. Fortuneately, we stayed in town overnight and we got a sunny view early the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Robert S
Reviewed December 30, 2018

We tooked several cars or sometimes trucks to get there but every minute was it worth! The lagune was really nice and ive never seen something before.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Pepper159
Reviewed December 20, 2018

From when we go there early in the morning to watching the sunrise, it was absolutely beautiful. I went with a group of friends and we did the shorter hike around the rim. But I would HIGHLY recommend going to the right side first. We...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank japnian4life .
Reviewed December 18, 2018

We have been to Laguna Quilotoa as a day of from climbing and it is a nice place where you can enjoy great views and some kayaking. The trail down to the laguna from the crater ridge is steep and dusty so proper shoes (hiking...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Marian M
Reviewed December 15, 2018

It was one of our treks before we went to the Cotopaxi mountain. We arrived by bus, as it was kind of difficult to understand how to get there walking. The bus left from Quito itself, was easy to find and when we arrived there...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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August 9, 2016|
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Response from QuilotoaShalala | Property representative |
Dear friend sorry for responding late. Well we recommend the Quilotoa Shalala Lodge
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March 9, 2016|
Response from traveldoll_lz | Reviewed this property |
it is possible but the earlier you get there the better
December 3, 2015|
Response from traveldoll_lz | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can do this in one day. But i do recommend setting aside 6 hours minimum if you intend to hike and fully take it in.
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Laguna Quilotoa - Day trip from Quito, Latacunga or stay? (1 Reply)
Hello everyone I hop you can give me some clarity to my thoughts on Laguna Quilotoa. My girlfriend and i will be in Puyo/Banos and will be travelling in the direction of Quito. We both want to see the Quilotoa Crater and perhaps do the 5-6 hour walk around the top of the crater. Our only thought is are we best doing this as a day trip from Quito with an agency, from Latacunga independently or by staying overnight in Quilotoa so we can really take it in? Is it worth doing the hike...More
May 02, 2013|
Trip Quito to Cotopaxi to Laguna Quilotoa (3 Replies)
Hey everyone, I'm going to have 7 days in Quito, and would like to see both Cotopaxi National Park and Laguna Quilotoa. It looks like it may be more efficient to go to Quilotoa straight from Cotopaxi. Any tips on how to get this done, and which cities I may need to stay overnight in order to make this happen?
March 14, 2017|
Response fromMooreUSA|
You will first need to take a bus or taxi to the city of Latacunga. I'm sure the people at Cotopaxi can help you with this. From Latacunga, there is a direct bus to Quilotoa that leaves around noon. It is a 2 hour ride. If you can't make that or want to go sooner than noon, there are hourly buses from Latacunga departing for Zumbahua. From there you can hire a truck to take you the rest of the way to Quilotoa. There are a handful of hostals to stay at in Quilotoa. Alternatively you can...More
Accommodation (4 Replies)
Hi, I've been reading a few travel books and postings. The options for accommodations at Laguna Quilotoa that comes with warm heat and a good breakfast plus dinner seems pretty limited. I'm not looking for any multi-star accommodation; just the key basics cited above. Any suggestions based on current experience?
April 02, 2016|
Response fromeileen7l|
We stayed at the beautiful Llullu Llama in Isinlivi for 2 nights and wished we had stayed for a third. We did day hikes. See my review for more. We loved it, and I think it meets all your requirements.