A gem of the Andes by a beautiful emerald lake is located in the province of Cotopaxi, in the parish of Zumbahua. Quilotoa is part of the Ecological Reserve Ilinizas, at 3,800 meters above sea level.
Quilotoa is 165 km by car from Quito, and on the way there, you will see beautiful landscapes. There is a half-hour hike down from the viewpoint to the bottom of the lake and a 1-2 hour hike back up the 280-meter vertical ascent.
Quilotoa is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking, a tranquil, mesmerizing glass-green lake lying in the crater of an extinct volcano. The volcanic crater is still perfectly formed, allowing visitors to see its past history and formidable power. It has become a way of life for its inhabitants.
We depart early in the morning through the Avenue of the Volcanoes to visit the Laguna Quilotoa.
We will walk down from the top of the crater to the lake’s edge. Once at the bottom of the lake, there isn’t much to do other than relax and enjoy the tranquility.
The return walk back to the top of the crater you can ascend to the top by mule.
Optional Lunch and return to Quito