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Pululahua Tours

Only two craters in the world are inhabited—and Pululahua is one of them. Essentially a fog-filled, fertile bowl set 9,000 feet in the sky, Pululahua is the only crater in the world that’s also actively farmed. Though the area rarely ever receives rain, the rolling fog provides ample moisture for raising fields full of crops. Most people who visit, however, only make it as far as the overlooks, which are dotted along the crater rim and offer sweeping views of the basin. Those with a little more time, however, and a healthy dose of adventure, can hike, bike, or horseback ride the trails to the crater floor. Once here, walk amongst a rural setting that feels like it’s frozen in time. Gone are the urban trappings of Quito and the incessant hum of cars, which are replaced by the sounds of smiling farmers who still work the ground by hand. Aside from the trails, farmers, and fog, Pululahua is famously known for its ecological wealth. The crater is a geobotanical reserve with over 2,000 species of plants, and was the first place in South America preserved as a National Park. It’s even possible to sleep in the crater in simple, traditional hostels, and even if you can only spend 30 minutes admiring the view from the rim, this spot the Inca dubbed “cloud of water” is a site you’ll never forget.

Practical Info

Pululahua Crater is approximately 30 minutes from the streets of downtown Quito. The crater is accessible by bus or cab, as well as a number of guided tours that visit multiple sites in the area. For travel by bus, catch the bus to Mitad del Mundo and hire a taxi from there. Views of the crater are best in the morning before the clouds roll in, and remember to pace yourself when hiking to account for the high elevation.

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Equator Line and Pululahua Crater Private Half Day Tour, Quito, null
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Equator Line and Pululahua Crater Private Half Day Tour

On this half day tour you will go to the “Mitad del mundo” (the middle of the world) museum. Here you can experience the effect the equator has on gravity in a ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.79
Full-Day Mitad del Mundo Tour, Quito, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full-Day Mitad del Mundo Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Tour the Equator aboard the only double-decker bus from Quito. Bilingual guides will lead you in the Middle of the World and the Ethnographic Museum, complete ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $30.00
Mitad del Mundo and Teleferico Tour in Quito, Quito, Day Trips
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Mitad del Mundo and Teleferico Tour in Quito

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The two main tourist attractions in Quito—go up on one of the highest cable cars in the world and visit the Middle of the World Monument (La Mitad del Mundo). ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: Flexible

From USD $110.00
Quito Combo Tour: Middle of the World Monument and Pululahua Volcano Hike, Quito, Half-day Tours
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Quito Combo Tour: Middle of the World Monument and Pululahua Volcano Hike

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Enjoy a day trip to the Middle of the World Monument and top it off with a hike in the Pululahua. This crater was declared a National Park in 1969, becoming ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Equator Line Including 3-Hours Horseback Ride in Pululahua Volcano, Quito, Day Trips
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Equator Line Including 3-Hours Horseback Ride in Pululahua Volcano

Enjoy a day away from the city by visiting one of the best atractions in Quito, The complex of Mitad del Mundo.. Experiment on your own the only phenomena that ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.00
Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument, Quito, Day Trips
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Quito City Sightseeing and Middle of the World Monument

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Enjoy a full-day city tour in Quito to know more about the  largest historical center in South America, with some of the most beautiful churches and buildings! ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Private Day Tour: Quito Historical Center, Equator Line and Pululahua Crater, Quito, City Tours
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Private Day Tour: Quito Historical Center, Equator Line and Pululahua Crater

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

This one-day cultural tour takes you to the highlights of the historical center of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Here you will be able to appreciate the most ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $82.11
Middle of the World and Pululahua Horseback-Riding Tour, Quito, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Middle of the World and Pululahua Horseback-Riding Tour

This day tour combines a visit to the educational and interactive Intinan museum with the huge and magnificent Pululahua Crater. The Intinan museum was built ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Full-Day Middle of the World Monument Tour from Quito, Quito, Horseback Riding
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Full-Day Middle of the World Monument Tour from Quito

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Don't miss the opportunity to take part of this exclusive middle of the world tour from Quito!

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Pululahua Crater Horseback-Riding Tour, Quito, Full-day Tours
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Pululahua Crater Horseback-Riding Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Prepare for a fantastic horseback riding tour on the magnificent Pululahua Crater. Pululahua is an ancient volcano that on its last eruption (around 2500 years ...  Read more

Location: Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $118.75

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