We leave Quito at 08:00 traveling through the “Panamericana Sur” Highway, enjoying the beautiful landscapes. The ride is about three and a half hours to reach the destination.
The path to the Quilotoa Lagoon makes possible to observe various indigenous communities that offer a range of colors and their own customs.
A must stop is the visit to the village of Saquisili, a colorful city known for its fair Thursday. Saquisilí will provide a variety of exquisite handicrafts and experiences in their markets that come to life in eight colored squares, each of which provides different merchandise and interesting objects of indigenous communities in the region.
Later, after crossing the indigenous community of Zumbahua, we will go straight to Quilotoa. After tasting a delicious lunch, we will continue our journey, for a walk of about 50 minutes to the extinct Quilotoa from where we will get a spectacular view of the lagoon, ideal for shooting the best pictures of the place.
The water in the lake has an emerald green color and varies according to the season, teal. Its waters have large quantity of carbon gas mixed with hydrogen sulphide so it is not advisable to drink, the water temperature ranges between 16 ° C and -1 ° C.
There is the chance to rent kayaks and small boats to navigate the lake.
If you feel tired there is the possibility to rent mules or donkeys to go back to the top of the lagoon. The time to do it is about 40 min. When you reach the top you can buy some crafts in the craft market, the community.
After an amazing day we will end our adventure and return to Quito.
Warm clothing, hat, gloves, scarf, sunscreen, comfortable hiking shoes, sunglasses, camera and water.