Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Full Day Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off

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Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Full Day Tour With Optional Hotel Pick-Up & Drop-Off
from £46.66
....Get the best of all worlds and combine history, nature and shopping on a full day guided tour from Quito. You'll witness spectacular scenery, see the active volcano Cotopaxi and the Limpiopungo Lagoon - all before returning back to Quito!
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In Brief

Quito, Ecuador
12 hours


Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador

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, Latacunga Ecuador

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

Stop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Laguna de Quilotoa, 070701 Ecuador

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


  • Hotel Pick-Up and Drop-Off (if you select this option)
  • Professional guide


  • Gratuities
  • Lunch and drinks

Departure Time

6:55 AM

Departure Point

Hotel Kaia, Valladolid N24-742 y Julio Zaldumbide, Quito 170109, Ecuador

Traveler pickup is offered
Traveler pick-up available at selected hotels at an additional cost if you book with 24+ hours of anticipation before tour begins.

Pick Up Schedules:
Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday (AM): Sheraton 6:30, Dann Carlton 6:32, Le Parc 6:32, Wyndham Garden 6:40, KAIA 6:55, Swissotel 6:58, NH Collection 6:58, J.W. Marriott 7:08, Holiday Inn 7:10, Río Amazonas 7:15, Galería Ecuador 7:20, Nu House 7:22, Reina Isabel 7:24, Mercure Alameda 7:28, Hilton Colon 7:30, Patio Andaluz 7:45
Otherwise if you book with less than 24 hours, the meeting point will be at KAIA Hotel at 6:55 – Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Optional pick-up and drop-off from selected hotels at an additional cost.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.88 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

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.
• Submitted 04 Feb 2018
Great trip!
• Submitted 28 Aug 2017
A great day with a very fun and informed guide, Ivan from Gray Line. The tour to Cotopaxi was breathtaking, Clouds disappearing from Cotopaxi Volcano, the walk out to the marshland, a lunch, visiting the Canon Del Rio and The Laguna Verde Quilotoa. Full of information I returned to my Hotel with an overload of information. A wonderful day with a great guide. A day not to be missed. Thank you Ivan!
• Submitted 02 Aug 2017
We saw both Cotopaxi and Quilotoa, and we even saw a condor flying above. We got a good feel for the countryside including vertical farming and rural life. The guide was professional and had so much information to share! It was a fun day, and I learned a lot.
• Submitted 15 Feb 2017
The tour was great.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2016
Exceeded my expectations.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2016
A once in a lifetime experience that was very very well managed by the tour operators
• Submitted 10 Dec 2015
From the moment we were picked up to the moment we were dropped off, this was a magnificent trip. Well organized and led by the most enthusiastic of guides, Alfonso, we were also blessed with magnificent weather which allowed us to see Cotapaxi in all its splendor. The train ride was fun, the walk around the lake allowed for a full appreciation of the environment and the final stop at the hacienda put the icing on the cake. Thank you.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2015
The tour guide was excellent, with so much knowledge, very accommodating to everyone i.e. those who spoke Spanish and English, and just really nice. This was a great tour and I would certainly book again with this company.
• Submitted 30 Jun 2015
Fantastic walking tour of Cotopaxi with a wonderful train trip from t He Quito railway station.
• Submitted 01 Jun 2015
What a perfect day to see so much- the weather was clear- the park and volcano is magnificent and our guide and driver were top notch! Lunch and tour at the Hacienda was so unique ( and delicious!). Our guide and Driver were so kind, knowledgeable and have a great sense of humor! Highly recommend - Ecuador is beautiful and so are it's lovely residents. Thank you for a unforgettable day! Donnalynn Roberts
• Submitted 19 Jun 2014
A very fun day with an excellent guide! We especially enjoyed the hike on Cotopaxi, even if it was somewhat cloud covered at the time. We got luck later in the day and had a fabulous look at the entire volcano. Lunch at the hacienda was delicious.
• Submitted 28 Mar 2014
Best day of all. The National Park is beautiful, the Hacienda too, and the visit of the rose factory was also awsome. Great guide with great knowledge of everything.
• Submitted 17 Dec 2013
I love volcanos. Cotopaxi was covered by clouds when we arrived . As we left, the cloud line lifted and we could see the peak! WOW!!! The hacienda was amazing! You have to eat lunch there! You will be sorry if you don't! Now I want to come back and hike to the top! Thanks Juan David!
• Submitted 02 Jan 2014
Loved the trip up to Cotopaxi. It all started with a fun little train ride up into the highlands outside Quito and continued on a bus up to the base of the volcano. A National Park guide provided excellent information and commentary. Lunch at the hacienda was great with a huge menu to choose from and very friendly and helpful staff.
• Submitted 02 Jul 2013
We drove thru some beautiful country in addition to the national park. I especially enjoyed the train ride from Quito to the park. Afterwards we had a nice, relaxing lunch with music from a local group at a beautiful hacienda.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2013
The weather was not cooperating, so we didn't see Cotopaxi, but later we were taken to very colorful village market and this was a highlight of the tour. We had a great lunch lunch in hacienda. Driving in Ecuador seems very dangerous, but thanks good driver we survived and got back in one piece to the hotel.
• Submitted 08 Dec 2011
I liked a lot. The critical point in these tours, however, tend to be: does one carry you higher than the parking area (Parquerado, 4500 m)? But in my case the weather was already a reason not to continue. The most amazing thing was that this tour existed even that I was the only participant (with a driver and with a guide)!
• Submitted 12 Jul 2011
Great tour guide and only a small group this time.
• Submitted 13 Jul 2010
Excellent tour. There's no way I could have made it to the Cotopaxi Volcano without the tour.
• Submitted 08 Feb 2010
Great guide and driver
• Submitted 08 Feb 2010
Some lovely scenery of both the area's visited. Lunch and walking through the markets were fun. Pick up and drop off all smooth.
• Submitted 06 Dec 2019
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.
• Submitted 30 Nov 2017
Good tour!
• Submitted 20 Jan 2017