We will start the day driving south of Quito, we will view some of the most dramatic breathtaking Andean scenery of the Ecuador highlands, on a clear day we can spot the Cotopaxi (5, 897 meters), the Iliniza Norte ( 5,116 meters), Iliniza Sur (5,263 meters) the Altar 5,319 meters) and other peaks.
After one and half hour drive we will arrive to Saquisili, only on Thursdays, a big Day of this authentic Indian local market where you can find hand-crafted bags, hats, baskets, fruits and vegetables, animals and more, here you can interact with the native indigenous vendors, on the other days of the week we will visit the Pujili Market, local fruit and vegetable market, great authentic market gear for local indigenous people of this side of the country.
Then we will pass by the peaceful indigenous villages of Tigua where you will visit some of the local galleries, then we will drive through Zumbahua, and driving for 1.5 hour more we will reach the “Quilatoa“ a luminous turquoise water lake in an extinct volcano located at 4,000 meters high, part of “Illinizas Ecological Reserve”. Here our mountanist park guide will guide you to the trail down to the lake, it will take around 45 minute vertical descend, you can do kayaking there or you can hike back will take you around 1.5 hour, other great option is a gorgeous hike around the lake, it will take around 5 hours the entire rim of the crater or you can hike as long as you would like, views are outstanding.
The reach mineral waters 400 meters below the rim where the sky gets reflected making it one of the most impressive sights of the nation. Locals believe that the lake is bottomless, the geologist estimate its depth at 250 meters. Here is possible to hike or walk down to the lake (1 hour), horses or donkeys are be available to give you a ride back up ( $ 10 per person) or the hike back will take you around 1.5 hour; other great option is a gorgeous hike around the lake, it will take around 5 hours the entire rim of the crater or you can hike as long as you would like, views are outstanding.
Tour Includes: Fully insured private round transportation, English speaking personalized guide, bottled water during the trip, entrance fee to the Quilatoa Reserve.
Not Included: Lunch, extra personal expenses, other activities at the lake.
Tour starts and finish at your hotel in Quito.
Price for 2 people: $160