Quilotoa Lake hike


According to local stories, Quilotoa is “the lake of the God of duality”, the God of eruptions that take away all that is in its way and the God of depths. It’s just a half an hour hike down from the viewpoint to get to the lake side and 1 hour hike back up the 280 m vertical ascent.

It is possible to rent a horse to get back up. At the lake shore you can rent a canoe to explore the lake and its fumaroles. On Saturday this tour can easily be combined with a visit to the Zumbahua indigenous market.

  • Time 1.5-2 hours  
  • Distance 5 km 3.1 mi
  • Ascent 280 m 918 ft
  • Descent 280 m 918 ft
  • Grade medium  
  • – Elevation 3634 m 11922 ft
  • + Elevation 3914 m 12841 ft