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Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito
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Quilotoa Lagoon,Volcanoes Avenue, Local People Full-Day Tour from Quito

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Visit the Quilotoa Lagoon, one of the region’s most popular destinations, during a hassle-free day trip from Quito. Don’t worry about time-consuming public transport routes; instead, benefit from round-trip transportation. Plus, enjoy the chance to interact with indigenous communities you might not get if traveling independently and an included menu lunch.
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virginiaLB wrote a review Nov 20
Elliniko, Greece11 contributions15 helpful votes
I don’t recommend visiting the park during Covid- I don’t know what it’s like prior to covid. The rules are inconsistent and the Park Rangers make it very difficult for tourist. The first problem, they would not let us into the park with our own taxi, even though we had a letter from our lodge saying we were staying in the park. We had to change to one of their drivers and were charged an unreasonable amount for the ride. Second problem, we were in a car arranged with our lodge to explore the park when a ranger stopped us again. He would not let our driver take us anywhere, he forced us to turn around even though two tourist were already in the car during a pandemic where tourism is dead in this country. Our lodge knew nothing of this nor did we read anything about this online. The ranger also informed us we could not even hike around on our own through the endless marked trails, even though there was a bike race of 20+ bikers entering the park in their own cars and biking. The bottom line is the park is running a monopoly and making it very difficult for tourist to enjoy on their own and nothing is listed online with the rules. It is an inconsistent mess. The lodge is amazing, and it’s no fault of theres.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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FarAway798605 wrote a review Aug 2020
Mumbai, India3 contributions
Nice but overrated. It is a long way from Quito and when we reached Cotopaxi was clothed in clouds and we could see little. The clouds did part and the mountain is indeed a marvellous sight. We met a local whowas amazingly knowledgeable about the herbs and plants. If you can manage the time and permits I presume the trek up the volcano will be wellworth the effort. However beware, food and refreshments are limited.
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Date of experience: October 2019
CJC wrote a review Mar 2020
Brentwood, Tennessee112 contributions23 helpful votes
After a quick lunch beside the ranger station, we received our directions and suggestions from the ranger at the main gate. Our plan was to hike up to the refuge, but after about 10 minutes, decided not to continue due to the steepness of the road and the poor visibility. We drove back downtown the interpretation center, then continued to the lake. We had a very nice hike there, going in about 45 minutes. The clouds mostly blew away and we were able to see the peak. We also got lucky and saw a wolf along the trail. We also saw beautiful wild horses roaming on the fields. We enjoyed our 1/2 + day visit to Cotopaxi, but we enjoyed Quilotoa a bit more.
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Date of experience: February 2020
wired wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada50 contributions14 helpful votes
You can see it from a distance but driving up to it on switchbacks is the way to go. Once you get to the parking lot at over 12,000 ft., you have the option to walk higher to the rifugio which is a hut whee you can get food and has bathrooms. Be advised that it's pretty windy and cold up there so gloves, a hat and warm layers are advised. The scenery driving down is pretty good too. Once you get to the road at the bottom there's a small restaurant and a very good souvenir shop a few miles away.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Ken Q wrote a review Feb 2020
Denver, United States648 contributions112 helpful votes
We enjoyed a day trip tour to this park. Unfortunately it was cloudy so we couldn't see the top of the mountain but it was still enjoyable. We had a nice walk around the lagoon and saw many different birds.
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Date of experience: February 2020