MARKETS Zumbahua & Quilotoa Crater Lake

Duration: 1 full day (Saturdays)

Every Saturday there is a market in Zumbahua (about 3 hours south of Quito) and it is a very colourful and interesting market, especially the animal market. The animal market begins already at 5am when people from the surrounding villages are coming in to Zumbahua with their llamas, sheep, pigs and cows to sell. The muddy market ground is filled with men and women dressed in colourful ponchos and scarves, surrounded with their animals.

After visiting the animal market in the outskirts of town, you can walk up to the central plaza where there are fruits, vegetables, bread, grains, clothes, chicken meat, and much more for sale.


We continue towards the spectacular Quilotoa Crater Lake. Box lunch provided. Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3 kilometres (2 mi) wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following a catastrophic VEI-6 eruption about 800 years ago, which produced pyroclastic flows and lahars that reached the Pacific Ocean. The caldera has since accumulated a 250 m (820 ft) deep crater lake, which has a greenish color as a result of dissolved minerals. Fumaroles are found on the lake floor and hot springs occur on the eastern flank of the volcano.
Return to Quito.