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Quito, Ecuador
Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off - "Small Group"

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Check out two of Ecuador’s top natural attractions—the Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa lagoon—and their natural landscapes with ease on this day trip from Quito. Head to Cotopaxi National Park to see its snow-capped volcano—stopping to drink coca leaf tea on route to reduce altitude sickness—before visiting Limpiopungo Lagoon and Quilotoa’s turquoise caldera lagoon. Plus, during your trip, stop to browse a local market or two.
  • Experience two Ecuadorian natural wonders on a full-day tour from Quito
  • Check off the Cotopaxi National Park and Quilotoa in one hassle-free day
  • See Cotopaxi volcano, Limpiopungo, Quilotoa lagoon, and a museum and markets
  • Combine nature, history, and shopping in a day: ideal if your time is short
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Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off (if you select this option)
Professional guide
Lunch and drinks

Departure Point

Luis Cordero 444, Quito 170143, Ecuador

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Leave Quito aboard a comfortable coach or bus. Head south along the Pan-American Highway: driving through spectacular scenery and soaking in views of Ecuador’s countryside from stunning heights.

On the way to Cotopaxi Volcano National Park, stop to sip coca leaf tea to help reduce any altitude sickness, and stop by at the local museum to learn more about the park’s unique biodiversity. Then, visit the Limpiopungo Lagoon. If weather permits, your tour will end with a walk to see Cotopaxi, an active volcano 19,000 feet (5,900 meters) above sea level.

Take the opportunity to visit a local market or two during your travels; and finish with a trip to Quilotoa Volcano, whose crater houses a beautiful turquoise lake. Take in the views here before returning to Quito in the afternoon.

Note: If the day is too foggy and cloudy, guests have the opportunity to repeat the tour at no additional cost.
Pass By:  
Cotopaxi National Park
The park is located in the largest volcanic area of Ecuador. In the central part is the Cotopaxi, one of the most active and highest volcanoes in the world. To the northwest is the Rumiñahui and between the two mountains is the Limpiopungo valley. Despite the great height, the Park has numerous species of mammals and birds.
Stop At:  
Laguna de Limpiopungo
It is s a place for direct naturalist tourism, in the place it is possible to take walks and enjoy the flora and fauna associated. From the lagoon it is possible to observe the footprints left by the ancient volcanic eruptions of the majestic Cotopaxi.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Laguna Quilotoa
It is one of the 15 lagoons of volcanic origin appreciated as the most beautiful in the world according to Twistedsifter. Within its crater a boiler with a diameter of almost 9 km has been formed. This is the product of the collapse of the volcano, which occurred some 800 years ago.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Note: train operation is subject to change. Days in which train operation is not available the trip will be made by bus.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Optional pick-up and drop-off from selected hotels at an additional cost.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Ecuador
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off - "Small Group"?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off - "Small Group".
What is the policy on sanitization during Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off - "Small Group"?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off - "Small Group".
What is the social distancing policy during Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off - "Small Group"?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off - "Small Group".
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cotopaxi & Quilotoa With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off - "Small Group"?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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65 Reviews

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Volcanoes, Craters and Lakes
, Oct 2021
This was the first tour I did when I arrived. Daniel was my guide. The shuttle picked everyone up and we headed out, over one of the many volcanoes that surrounds Quito. Seeing all the pretty trees and greenery on the way was a sight for sore eyes for this city dweller! Cotopaxi was such an amazing place to visit. We had a walk around the lake and saw native plants and birds. We also stopped for several photo ops of the volcano and explanations of the lava and the after effects of the eruptions. We then headed to Quilotoa, where there were more photo ops of the amazing crater lake. There was time to walk around some of the local shops while our lunch was being prepared at one of the restaurants. Very good food and as a bonus, I didn't get altitude sickness! Daniel was great, as was our driver!
1 traveler found this review helpful
It was a nice tour....
, Sep 2021
It was a nice tour. Andrés was an amazing guides, always taking care or everyone. I think is better to take 2 tours instead of 1. I mean, go to cotopaxi one day and to quilotoa another day. But for the price I paid I felt fine.
Nice trip to cotopaxi & quilotoa.
, Feb 2020
The tour is nice. The cotopaxi volcano is beautiful. The quilotoa trip is too far from the city but nice when you get there. Good food as well.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for your comment, your feedback is very important for us!
, Jan 2020
The tour was really good, specially the guide person. The bus was terrible, chairs damaged and not a great vehicle to be all day!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for your comment, your feedback is very important for us! We will definitely verify which vehicle was used on that day to check the seats. We are always making improvements to our vehicles. We hope to see you again soon!
disappointing tour
, Dec 2019
The Cotopaxi part was completely disappointing. Basically they bring you to the park and do a completely irrelevant walk around an ugly lake about 20km away from the volcano. The Quilotoa part was basic: they bring you to the volcano and give you less than 2 hours time. I had to rush to go down to the lake while the rest of the tour went for lunch. I was the only one in our tour to do that. I would NOT recomment this tour if you care about Cotopaxi (other tours reach with the vehicle 4200m or the refuge at 4800m) or if you do want to do more than taking pictures of Quilotoa (or you're fit enough to do it in 1h 45min). This tour is too basic for either attraction. I understand it's a long shot to do both in one day, but then you should leave earlier and not do 8-10 stops of 10-15 minutes each to take irrelevant pictures (just to fill the schedule), not lose 30min because of missing paperwork entering the park and another 30min of paperwork when leaving the park, return a bit later, etc.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Dear Juan Carlos, Thank you for your comment, your feedback is very important for us! We understand that there are people who may have the physical abilities and want to try to reach the refuge, however the altitude sickness can affect anyone (regardless of their physical condition). From our experience, most passengers haven't spent enough time in the altitude before taking this tour so they aren’t prepared to hike up to 4,800 meters, and we obviously can't control this. Doing this would put some of our passengers at risk and that's why it’s not part of this tour. Something similar happens with the Quilotoa excursion where we indeed spend 2 hours approximately. This is usually enough time for people who feel confident about hiking and want to go down to the lagoon and climb back up on a donkey. Hiking back up from the Lagoon to the edge of the crater can be quite challenging if you are not used to the altitude and that's why we don't recommend this (or give time to do so). Unfortunately, this is not a hiking tour and that may be why your appreciation of it is not completely positive. We also feel sorry that you didn't like the Limpiopungo lagoon, but we go there because it is one of the most important water reserves in the area and its flora and fauna around it are of vital importance for the conservation of the Cotopaxi National Park. We regret if there was a delay in entering and leaving Cotopaxi National Park due to paperwork. However, please know that this is not something that is under our control. It is mandatory requirement by the national government for all protected parks and I'm sure it would be the case no matter what tour you would have taken. We appreciate your comment and we will review the other stops that were made during the tour, to verify if they indeed provide any value. It’s worth mentioning that in one of the first stops before Cotopaxi, many passengers take the opportunity to drink coca-leaf tea which helps with altitude sickness also. We hope that you can try our services in the future again!
Nice day tour
Kerry B
, Dec 2019
Some lovely scenery of both the area's visited. Lunch and walking through the markets were fun. Pick up and drop off all smooth.
Not quite as advertised
Luiz B
, Aug 2019
Great tour, with great guide, but terrible lunch in a terrible restaurant. Pick up at historic district hotels is not available
Our visit to Cotopaxi National Park...
, Feb 2018
Our visit to Cotopaxi National Park and the Quilotoa creator lake was a wonderful introduction to the natural wonders and culture of Ecuador. Roberto, our guide, was knowledgeable and informative, friendly and upbeat. It was along day on the bus, but Robertos running commentaries gave us many insights into the environments that we encountered, as well as insights into the indigenous communities of the Central highlands. We would highly recommend this trip to others.
This tour is a long bus ride 8-9...
Jeffrey Y
, Dec 2017
This tour is a long bus ride 8-9 hours and only about 3-4 hours of actual sightseeing. There's a late lunch and at Quilotoa Volcano it was foggy, so that not much can be seen. It's a long day.
Great to see both Cotopaxi and...
Carol S
, Nov 2017
Great to see both Cotopaxi and Quilatoa in one day. Beware - long day. Don't make plans for that night you may be back later than expected and tired! Great guide - very informative.

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