Full Day Quilotoa
The breathtaking Quilotoa crater lake belongs to Ecuador's most picturesque eye-catchers, this is a 3 hour drive through the ´Sierra´. Hidden among the Andes Mountains is located one of the most beautiful natural monuments in Ecuador, the lagoon of Quilotoa. This particular area shows extraordinary features that can only be found here. Desert paramos, bizarre mountain shapes and desolates but color full villages complete this amazing landscape. These small Andean towns full with ancestral traditions preserved until the present days are surrounded by Andean forest and paramour, as announcing the presence of the volcano with its beautiful lagoon. A crater of 3 kilometers of diameter camouflaged among the thick fog contains to this natural attractiveness. Its greens waters and sheer walls let us see the rest of the last cataclysmic eruption and remind us that we are inside the crater of the second most active volcano in the western Andes. Occasional sulfur gas bubbles from the inside of the lake appear filling the air with a bizarre odor.
You will hike along the rim of Quilotoa or descend to the tempting crater lake. Only on foot you will feel the real dimensions of this 3km/2mi wide caldera. Be aware that you have to plow up the steep sandy trail on return, at an altitude of almost 4,000m/13,000ft. Often local indigenous people rent small mules.
Includes: Transportation, English speaking guide