Visit Quilotoa Crater Lake, a lake almost 4000 m above sea level, inside an old volcano. Easy target for a day trip from Quito.
On our last day in Quito, we left early in the morning for a day trip to Quilotoa. It is a volcano, almost 4000m high, and has a lake inside the crater. We did this with a tour we booked through our hostel. What lovely way to spend a Christmas day abroad.
Without a tour
→ Take a bus to Latacunga
→ Take a direct bus to Quilotoa or a bus to Zumbahua
→From Zumbahua take a taxi or collectivo to the crater
On the way to Quilotoa, we stopped in a little town of Zumbahua for its Saturday Market. It would have been a good place for a lunch, but we were there early so we just ended up tasting loads of different fruits strange for us.
Once in Quilotoa, you will be already on top of the crater. I guess some people choose not to climb up and down to the lake but for me, that’s part of the trip. The lake is 250 m down in the crater and the serpentine road itself is quite steep.
It takes about half an hour to walk to the bottom. You are able to rent kayaks at the lake as well. The walk back up is much harder and you should prepare a double time for it. Keep in mind the altitude can slow you down as well. You are able to hire a mule to carry you as well, but I just felt sorry for the animals running the steep hill all day.
So put on your trekking shoes and pack your bags. Quilotoa is a nice day trip destination in the Ecuadorian Andes.