The Quilotoa Volcano, which is located in the province of Cotopaxi, in Zumbahua parish, and part of the Ecological Reserve Ilinizas. It is located 3880 m. Its name comes from two Quechua words “Quiru” meaning tooth and “toa” means queen due to the shape of the lake, as this is
almost elliptical shape approximately 3.15 kilometers in diameter and a difference of 440 meters between the level water and the top edge. The rim of the crater on the southwest side shoots with Huyantic or door Shalala has 4,010 m summit.
We left at 08:00 Latacunga (Hotel) by road to the West Coast, enjoying the beautiful scenery, travel around two and a half hours to reach the Laguna Quilotoa.
The route to the Quilotoa enables us to learn and observe a number of indigenous communities, who offer a range of colorful customs and characteristics of them.
A stop will be a visit to the village of Saquisilí, a colorful town known for its fair Thursday. Saquisilí will provide an exquisite variety of handicrafts in its markets and experiences that come to life in eight colorful squares, each of which provides different goods and interesting objects of indigenous communities in the region.
Later, after crossing the Indian community Zumbahua, we will go to our main objective, the population of Quilotoa, we will continue our journey, for a walk of about 35 minutes until the fall Volcan Quilotoa where you get a spectacular view, the ideal for recording the best pictures of the place, after about 10 minutes of photography, we prepare for the accenso towards the base of the crater in 1 ¼ hours or so, but you can also do on mules or donkeys, time to time do is about 40 min, while the cost of 10 dollars per person.
The water in the lake has an emerald green color and varies according to the season, teal. Its waters have large amount of carbon dioxide mixed with sulfur hydrogen so it is not advisable for consumption, the water temperature ranges between 16 ° C and -1 ° C.
When you reach the end, we will have time to walk near the water. If you want, you have the opportunity to rent to people in the community some small boats to sail on the lake.
When you reach the top you can buy some handicrafts in the artisan market, community.
After an amazing day we will end our adventure and return to the city of Latacunga.
Warm clothing, hat, gloves, scarf, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, camera (wide angle lens) and binoculars.
Details of interest:
- 1 person: $ 90 USD
- 2 persons: $ 45 per person
- 3 people: $ 40 per person
- 4 people: $ 40 per person
- Children (- 8 years): half price
- Departures from: Hotel Villa de Tacvnga
- Duration: 1 day
- Check-out time: 08:30
- Guidance: Included
- Private Transportation: Included
- Accommodation: Not included
- Food: Included (Lunch)
- Drinks: Not included
- Entrance to museums: Including
- Check parks: Including
- Travel Insurance: Not included