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Ecuador

Quilotoa Loop Trek

4 days | 3 nights
Private tour
From 619USD per person
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One astonishing fact about the small country of Ecuador is that it has one of the highest concentration of volcanoes which include the highest volcanic cones in the world. Over time the incredible explosive activity has shaped the many valleys and lakes that make Ecuador such an interesting country for hikers and adventurers alike. Along the Avenues of the Volcanoes, a valley road stuck in between the two mountain ranges that cross the whole of the South American continent, lies Lake Quilotoa, a mesmerizing colorful lagoon that filled the crater of the extinct Quilotoa volcano long ago. Only a short drive south of Quito, through astounding scenery, you will get to the start of your 4-day adventure on the world-famous Quilotoa loop. This is a comfortable trek that goes through pastoral land, small villages and an amazing background of snow-peaked volcanoes with the luxury of being able to spend your nights in cozy lodges with hearty food to fuel your body and soul. Often considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Quilotoa is an experience not to be missed for the avid hiker.

Destinations

Ecuador

Trip at a glance

Visits

Avenue Of The Volcanoes, Sigchos, Isinlivi, Quilotoa Crater and Lake, Chugchilan Valley

Accomodation

3 nights in local rustic hotels

Transportation

Private transportation from Quito to Sigchos and from Chugchilan to Quito

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 AVENUE OF THE VOLCANOES, SIGCHOS, ISINLIVI

Morning

Pick up from your hotel in Quito after breakfast for a 3-hour drive on the Pan American highway through the Avenue of the Volcanoes. On a clear day, you can get unmatched views of the Cotopaxi Volcano on your way to the Guingopana Pass overlooking the valley of the Toachi River.

Your driver will drop you at the little village of Sigchos up in the Ecuadorian highlands. From there you will set out on your hike to the village of Isinlivi.

Afternoon

Depending on the weather and the general physical conditions of your group, the hike should take between of 3 to 4 hours to complete and reach Isinlivi across farmland, beautiful hills and picturesque streams. In Isinlivi, check in at your comfortable lodge and enjoy a warm dinner.

Evening

In Isinlivi, check in at your comfortable lodge and enjoy a warm dinner.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 ISINLIVI, QUILOTOA VOLCANO

Morning

After a hearty breakfast you will start your hike towards the Quilotoa volcano.

This day will be the opportunity to share some time among locals as you pass through small villages nestled in the amazing Andean landscape. This is a gentle 5-hour hike going up and down all the way to the rim of the crater.

Afternoon

In Quilotoa, check in at your hotel and take time to relax. If you are still feeling adventurous, use your afternoon to walk all the way down the crater to the edge of the mesmerizing lake Quilotoa.

Evening

Overnight at your hotel.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hostel

Day 3 LAKE QUILOTOA, CHUGCHILAN VALLEY

Morning

After breakfast, resume your hike around the crater rim for spectacular morning views of the emerald waters of lake Quilotoa and the high peaks in the horizon.

On your way down to Chugchilan, you will cross bucolic farmland and scattered villages with the occasional wildlife turning the whole scenery into a live pastoral canvas.

Afternoon

A 5-hour walking day will take you to Chugchilan, arriving at the end of the afternoon, 

Evening

Overnight at the hotel. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hostel

Day 4 COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK, LAKE LIMPIOPUNGO, TRANSFER TO QUITO

Morning

After your breakfast your driver will take you back to Quito.

On the way there will be the option to visit the Cotopaxi National Park and stop by lake Limpiopungo. 

Afternoon

You will be dropped off at your hotel in Quito at the end of the afternoon.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hostel

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
3 nights in local rustic hotels

Transportation

Car
Private transportation from Quito to Sigchos and from Chugchilan to Quito

Orientation

Guide
Professional English-speaking private guide

What's not included

  • Meals
  • Accommodation in Quito
  • Domestic Flights: contact us
  • International Flights
  • Sleeping bag
  • Extra porter
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Important notes

We strongly recommend you to get a travel insurance policy that covers hiking up to 15,000 feet (4500m) above sea level.

Trekking packing list:

  • 50 liters backpack
  • 15/20 liters backpack
  • hiking shoes
  • hiking poles
  • full length hiking pants
  • hiking shorts
  • waterproof pants (x1)
  • long and short sleeves synthetic tops
  • medium-weight fleece jacket
  • sun hat or cap
  • woolly hat
  • water and windproof parka jacket
  • waterproof gloves
  • hiking socks (1 pair/day)
  • sunblock SPF 50+
  • binoculars
  • flashlight
  • multi-tool knife
  • toilet paper
  • medical kit with: insect repellent, painkillers, anti-inflammatories, diarrhea treatment, band aids, blister plasters, knee braces, personal medication
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