Tigua, Ecuador

About this trip

Quilotoa is a huge volcano that had a great eruption a couple of thousand years ago, and those explosions created the unique landscape that surrounds it. The lagoon, formed at its caldera (large cauldron-like hollow), is really something unique because of its colour that changes according to the light. Get ready to be blown away!

To reach Quilotoa, we have to drive for around 3 hours, but fortunately, the spectacular landscape on the way makes it all the more worthwhile. We will visit a local indigenous market. The one we visit depends on the day of your tour as every market in every town has something unique and special to offer. You will definitely get to see something both unique and special! 

After merging with the locals in the most important meeting point , the market, we continue on to Quilotoa. We will observe the very unique landscape of the Toachi Canyon, which it is said, was formed after the explosion of the Quilotoa volcano thousands of years ago.

Finally, we arrive at 3900 metres above sea level (12795 feet ASL), from where you can take some breathtaking pictures of the lagoon. From here you can choose to walk to the bottom of the caldera and then back up again (the hike down takes around 30 minutes and the hike up around 1 hour). You can also rent mules on the way up, but we strongly recommend against this as we are opposed to the use and abuse of any animals! This is, however, your choice.

On the way back to Quito, we stop briefly to visit a small community known for the family that started native art in the area. Tigua artwork is now produced by several families in the area, famous for its typical Andean landscapes, mythology and life in the indigenous communities

What to Bring

What to bring

  • ID (original or copy)
  • Rain/wind jacket
  • Warm clothes
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap or hat
  • Bandana
  • Sunblock
  • Money, including small change
  • A backpack to store stuff
  • Water


Day Trip
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Visit a local market (market varies depending on the day)
  • Visit a local typical highlands hut/ home
  • Hike down to the crater of the volcano to reach the lagoon (optional)
  • Arrive at the Tigua Community
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Drive back to Quito

Includes: Private tourist transportation, certified bilingual guide, lunch, entrance fees

Excludes: Personal expenses, drinks and tips

Your Organizer

Quito Bike Tours and Travel Experiences
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I would rate this trip as one of the most outstanding ones we have ever made. And thanks God we could still make it, before Corona took over. What really made the difference in Nicky Lodge was our Guide Pedro -what a special person with so much knowledge and charm, his background, originally from the region, simply overwhelmed us. The lodge was O.K, the cook and the staff so attentive, we really did feel at home. Some of the guides there simply were, as to our opinion, already too touristic. I don't need a personal book to be personally recommendated, do I? The trip was very well organized, we would do it again. I Hope all of you are well, we are with you, Antje and Sylvia
The bus itself was comfortable and clean. Love the second level seating, the view was great from there. The driver and the guide were great, knowledgeable, and friendly. I learned a lot about Ecuador in a fun way through this bus tour. Once at the equator, we went our own ways and met up in a couple hours, which was nice to venture out on our own for a little. My favorite part was the Agave house tour. Again, super educational and getting to taste the Miske and other parts of the agave plant was amazing. 110% would reccomend. Worth the $ and worth the time!
We had a wonderful time with lovely people as guide, driver muy careful and agency muy agréable y useful through a 30 day trip across le country. We recommend surely Quito bike tours for a trip in Ecuador with people local outside of touristic area.

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