Quilotoa Loop



cruises ecuador

any day with a minimum of 2 people


  • trekking guide
  • private transportation from / to Latacunga
  • accommodation in cosy lodges
  • meals full board
  • luggage transportation
  • entrance Quilotoa

NOTE: it is also possible to book a more economic tour; in this case we use public transport, sleep in basic hostels, and carry our own (small) backpack.



Day 1. Departure from Latacunga at 9.00. After about 1,5 hours of driving on a very scenic road we reach the village of Sigchos, the starting point of a 3- to 4-hour hike at 2900 m. / 9514 ft. altitude. We hike down to an altitude of 2560 m. / 8399 ft. and then we go up again to Isinlivi, a tiny and very authentic village, at 2950 m. / 9678 ft. With clear weather you can see the snowcapped peaks of the Ilinizas. We can enjoy the patchwork of fields with corn and the purple colored flowers of the lupine, known locally as chocho. Along the whole loop we will encounter this plant, which has edible seeds. If it is the right season, we can taste the super healthy chochos in one of the villages. Accommodation in a cosy mountain lodge.

Day 2. After breakfast we prepare to leave to Chugchilan, the next village on our trip. First we descend to 2660 m. /8427 ft. through the Rio Toachi Canyon and then we hike back up to 3000 m. / 9842 ft. to get to the road that takes us to Chugchilan. During this 5-hour hike you will have excellent views of the Toachi Canyon, and you will get good impressions what’s life like on the countryside in the Andes. Arrive at Chugchilan (3200 m. / 10499 ft.) and accommodation in a family run inn with a nice garden.

Day 3. Today we leave Chugchilan to hike up to Quilotoa crater. This 5- to 6-hour hike is the most strenuous of the Quilotoa Loop, as we first descend from 3200 m. / 10.499 ft. to 2993 m. / 9820 ft. and then have to hike up to the rim of the crater, at 3900 m. / 12.796 ft. Once at the crater rim you will have an amazing view of the lake and its ever changing colors. We will enjoy our box lunch at the crater and hike to the village of Quilotoa where our driver will be waiting to take us back to Latacunga.

Arrival at about 16.00.

Quilotoa Loop
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