Experience a day of cultural immersion in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Explore the vibrant indigenous market, witness centuries-old traditions, then journey through semi-desert landscapes to the Zumbahua valley. Marvel at the Quilotoa crater's emerald lagoon, and wander amidst traditional Andean crops before returning to Quito.

1 day
From 78 US$
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Day 1: Quito - Saquisili - Quilotoa - Quito


Today, we embark on a journey to explore one of the most authentic Indian markets nestled in the Ecuadorian Andes. Every Thursday, for over 500 years, communities from the high plateaus converge here to sell and barter their harvests and goods amidst a vibrant fair-like atmosphere teeming with colors, aromas, textures, and typical scenes. After immersing ourselves in this cultural spectacle, we venture into the heart of a semi-desert landscape adorned with xerophytic vegetation, including cacti, agaves, and thorny plants, en route to the Zumbahua valley. Here, we'll marvel at the rugged peaks and rolling hills adorned with a patchwork of traditional crops such as quinoa, amaranth, potatoes, and beans. By early afternoon, we'll arrive at the edge of the Quilotoa crater and its mesmerizing emerald lagoon, where we'll have the opportunity to stroll along part of its perimeter. Descending along a sandy path flanked by traditional Andean crops against the backdrop of the lagoon's reflective waters, we'll savor the tranquil beauty of the landscape. As the afternoon wanes, we say goodbye to the inter-Andean valley and journey back to Quito, reminiscing on the day's unforgettable experiences.

Dates of the next departures



From Jul 04 to Jul 04, 2024
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Dates Status
From Jul 04 to Jul 04, 2024 Open to booking

Prices per person

To book your tour, please confirm your agreement in writing to your travel expert.

  • Deposit of 30% of the invoice amount at the time of booking
  • Secure online payment by credit card (Visa, Master Card or American Express, a payment link will be sent to you at the current USD/EUR exchange rate).
  • The balance must be paid at the latest 45 days before the arrival in Ecuador according to the same terms.

The agency declines all responsibility for the execution of the confirmed services in case of non-compliance with the above payment terms.

2 travelers 4 travelers 6 travelers 8 travelers
170 US$ 104 US$ 78 US$ 64 US$

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• Private transportation (fuel, road taxes, parking fees, vehicle and passenger insurance).
• Bilingual English-speaking guide.
• 24-hour assistance.
• Meals as mentioned, including snacks for certain hikes.
• Water during transportation.

Not included

• International flights (you can check our list of travel agencies offering flight-only options).
• Breakfast, dinner and accomodation.
• Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages for all meals.
• Personal expenses.
• Tips.
• Personal insurance.
• Bank transfer fees.

Characteristics of the trip

Travel theme

Historical, cultural, and gastronomic day tour.


English speaking cultural guide


From 1 to 15 passengers

Arrival city


Departure city



Local and traditional food





Physical condition

Low to moderate

Best season

All year round
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