2 Day tour departing from Quito

“Throughout this tour you can discover the very best of the Ecuadorian Andes and the dreamy Quilotoa Lagoon.”

Alexander von Humboldt, a famous explorer of the 19th century, dubbed the name for this area as the Avenue of the Volcanoes, which is perhaps the best description of one of the most impressive portions of the extensive Andes mountain range. In addition to the incredible sights, these mountains are home to rich cultures, history and traditions unlike any other in the world. Discover the perfectly coned-shape of Cotopaxi and the bewitching turquoise waters and impressive crater walls of the Quilotoa Lagoon, all while taking the time to learn more about the unique paramo landscapes and the charming local people who have called these lands home for centuries.

2 Days Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Loop


Shortly after leaving Quito, you arrive at Cotopaxi National Park. The outstanding sight is the imposing active volcano with its perfectly shaped cone topped by glaciers, visible from all over the region, making it one of the most iconic symbols of Ecuador. When entering the park, you’ll enjoy the hiking trail that loops around the Limpiopungo Lagoon. Your guide will explain more about the different species of birds, plants, and mammals that dwell in the area such as hummingbirds, fox, deer and the Andean condor among others. You will complete your day getting to know more about the traditional haciendas, which emerged in the 16th century thanks to Spanish traditions. You’ll realize you can still feel the rich history and old traditions immersed in each corner as you touch each wall and walk in the fields with the same highland breeze felt by those who settled here centuries ago.

As you continue exploring the fascinating Andes, you visit yet another volcano, one that was once even greater and mightier than Cotopaxi. However, after a catastrophic eruption hundreds of years ago, only the caldera remains. Filling with water over time, it has become a spectacular Quilotoa Lagoon, surrounded by what was long ago the volcano’s slopes. The sight of the lagoon is outstanding, glimmering with the light of the sun and reflecting the movement of the clouds. You will have the chance to capture the distinct and changeable colors of the water changing constantly. There is a path that loops around the entire edge of the crate or you can walk down to the shore of the lagoon. The visit is not complete without stopping in the small villages nearby. As if time were frozen, these locals continue to thrive in houses built with ancient styles with ancient customs.

Prices 2023

Prices per Person

1 Guest
USD 1,456.00
USD 864.00
2 Guests
USD 773.00
USD 518.00
3-5 Guests
USD 677.00
USD 423.00
6-9 Guests
USD 579.00
USD 325.00
10-16 Guests
USD 542.00
USD 288.00
Single Supplement
USD 373.00
USD 35.00


  • Private services with local English-speaking guide
  • Services and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals detailed in the itinerary

  • Permanent assistance by our operations department


  • Meals and services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses

  • Tips

What our customers say


Pablo was a great help in getting our trip booked and providing last-minute assistance when plans changed. Thanks!

Feb, 2021
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Jeff Zackon

Hi Sofia

Over and above the review I would like to make the following comments:

  1. We had a fantastic time.
  2. Your organization of the trip and attention to detail was exceptional.
  3. The staff of Columbus Travel that we encountered were all courteous and prepared to assist beyond the call of duty. I must single out Pablo with his wealth of knowledge and personable approach.
  4. Both excursions from Quito were top rate, especially the delicious lunch served at the Hacienda we visited on the Otavalo trip.
  5. Swissotel was excellent. The staff were also willing to assist at all times.

Thank you for organizing. I will certainly be recommending your services to my friends planning a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Jeff Zackon
April 2023
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Even with the enormous challenges of the pandemic, we had a wonderful experience working with the exceptional team at Columbus Travel. Sofia was amazing! She is so very special and talented, and we hope she is recognized for her fantastic work! Everything about our trip went precisely as planned. Everything was easy, on time, and met and exceeded our expectations.

We look forward to recommending Columbus Travel and hope to book another trip in the future.

July 2021
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Naaman Goren

Our trip was enriched by the expertise of the naturalists on board. Their depth of knowledge was impressive. The food was delectable, and special events were organized to encourage interaction among passengers. We learned much during our journey, especially conservation efforts.

Naaman Goren
Apr, 2023
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