Trekking the Quilotoa Crater Lake

Trekking along the Andes’ most amazing landscapes of the famous AVENUE OF VOLCANOES in Ecuadorian highlands. This trekking adventure will transport you into heart of the Andean culture to experience the local way of living, hiking narrow trails used by the local mountain people.


Trek for 1 day to reach QUILOTOA volcano, Hike down the base of the Caldera of Quilotoa and take a kayak to explore the volcanic activity of this magical crater with possible opportunities of swimming in volcanic waters.

Day 1: Summit Quilotoa Crater Lake


After a hearty breakfast early in the morning we will drive for 3  hours to Chugchilán village; from here we will begin our 4 to 5 hours trekking to adventure on small trails blazed by the mountain people and still used by locals to transport commercialized products and to travel across canyons of the Andean range to reach neighboring communities. While trekking on this trail, often you see the traditional custom of exchanging goods with one another still being utilized. We will hike down across impressive canyons to later climb back up to top of the crater rim where you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Quilotoa Lake. The magic of this place will take your breath away.

Lodging in Quilotoa village and enjoy the local cuisine.


Accommodation: Hostería Alpaca

Meals included: Lunch and dinner



Day 2: Hiking inside of the crater - The Kayaking


Quilotoa Crater Lake is our main goal on this day. After breakfast, we will take a hike down to the base of the crater in the middle of the volcano, on a beautiful step trail that has been considered sacred for all local communities that live around Quilotoa. Once in the lake, we will have some time to explore the crater of this mythical active volcano and go for a swim in volcanic waters if you wish.

Once in the crater we take kayaks and paddle for half hour approximately to reach the heart of the volcano and see water springs coming from the activity of the volcano.

On the way back from the crater, if you consider yourself a bit tired there is one unique opportunity to rent a horse and ride a very challenging steep trail for horses.

In the afternoon we get transfer to Pujili one pictures small village with a very colourful market, located in the center of the Ecuadorian highlands, this is our opportunity to see the real life of the local people.

Later in the afternoon we drive back to Quito


Meals included:  Breakfast and lunch



  • Activities:, 2 days Trekking the Quilotoa loop, visit the Quilotoa crater lake, kayaking in volcanic lakes, View of llamas and Alpacas, Cultural experience with the local people, Pujili  Indian authentic market.

  • Accommodations: 1 at the Hosteria Alpaca

  • Transportation: private comfortable transportation, truck,

  • Meals Included: 1 Breakfasts, 2 Lunch and 1 dinner.

  • Trip Leader: Certified expert leaders and local guides.

  • Group size: small groups of 12 people maximum 


Not Included:


  • My Own Room supplement cost

  • Travel insurance mandatory

  • Meals not describe in the itinerary

  • Not included fees: 15 USD  per person

  • Personal expenses

  • Extra meals – food budget $ 40 USD

  • Tips

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