The Quilotoa Lodge is the best option for those travellers who want to explore the Quilotoa area. Near the lodge you will find uniquely, beautiful and natural places, complimenting its friendly and hard working indigenous people. The area provides visitors splendid scenarios where they can have a relaxing contact with primal nature.
As ecological and sustainable tourism is becoming more important around the world this lodge is striving to have: minimal impact on the environment by conserving water, managing our waste, recycling; providing sustainability to the local economy by hiring local workers when the lodge was constructed, purchasing organic food from the locals and employing local labour and reforestation of the land. The lodge was built in 2005, according to national and international standards of comfort and security, respecting the natural environment of the area in order to provide and share the goals of promoting environmentally and socially responsible tourism practices. Our hacienda-style lodge is surrounded by a unique landscape that offers clean, comfortable rooms decorated with local arts. The Quilotoa Crater Lake Lodge has a spacious and beautifully decorated restaurant with a wonderful panoramic view, along with a bar and massive stone fireplace, where the local chef serves outstanding menus of national and international food. Fine dining in the wilderness! After your meal, you may enjoy a cosy afternoon or evening listening to Andean music, reading a book from the library in the warmth of the fireplace, playing one of the many board games, viewing scenic sunsets or watching satellite television. The property is also home of some domesticated animals as the owners and staff members are animal lovers. Here you can join the company of dogs, cats, turkeys, guinea pigs, rabbits, roosters, hens, pheasants, peacocks and – of course - llamas. All services are offered by highly qualified, bilingual personnel with all the kindness and cordiality that characterizes Ecuadorian people. They will always make sure that all guests feel they are in a familiar, friendly, cosy and welcoming atmosphere during their stay.
Day 1: In the morning we pick you up from your hotel and head south from Quito on the Pan-American highway to start our adventure in this magnificent Andean setting. This way is named “the avenue of the volcanoes” by the famous explorer Alexander von Humboldt because from Quito until Riobamba you always have volcanoes on both sides of the road: the Pasochoa, Corazón, Illinizas, Cotopaxi, Rumiñahui, etc. In Latacunga you leave the Pan-American highway to the west driving into the region of Zumbahua, considerably one of the most visually astonishing places in Ecuador. In Zumbahua a small picturesque village live only 60 families in the vicinity. A short 10 km drive north we encounter the brilliant turquoise waters of the volcano lake at Quilotoa. This lake is one of the most beautiful volcano lakes in the Ecuadorian Andes. From the crater and on a clear day you can see the different snow topped volcanoes. A hike will lead you through this fascinating landscape and provide you with many impressions of this beautiful region. Dinner and accommodation at the Quilotoa Crater Lodge. -/L/D
Day 2: After breakfast we continue the travel through the western Andes towards Chugchilan we continue the circuit of this region passing little Andean villages Chugchilan, Sigchos and Toacaso. Once again if weather permits you will have the chance to admire some of Ecuadors most spectacular volcanos including : Illinizas, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. Standing solidly at 6310m Chimborazo is the highest mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes and due to its position on the curvature of the planet, it is also the closest point to the sun on Earth. The journey leads you through changing landscapes through valley with tropical cloud forest and through the width of the Andean Paramo ( highland ) before you finally return back on the Pan-American highway. Driving north on the highway you return back to Quito in the late afternoon. B/L/-
B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner
USD 275,- per person (Minimum 2 People)
USD 495,- per person (1 Person)
Services included in the price
All transfers with private transportation, entrance fees, accommodation in double rooms with private bathroom, meals as stated, english speaking guide.
Not included in the price
International flight, airport tax for international flights, personal expenses, tips, beverages, travel insurance.
If you make reservations for a group, for several concurrent services or on certain dates we are usually able to offer special prices on these occasions – Please contact us!