Hike through unique Andean landscapes and small indigenous villages. Routes: Insilivi – Chugchilán, Chugchilan – Quilotoa, Quilotoa crater descent, Toachi River canyon, Insilivi, Tigua community known for bright paintings of Andean life, Zumbahua Indian Market.
This tour can split in days trips from 1 to 14 days trips in the Andes. The hike ranges from 4 to 6 hours daily, and you can choose from easy to challenging or to have a quiet day in the comfortable and cozy mountain lodges.

QUILOTOA LOOP ROUTES

QUILOTOA - CHUGCHILAN

QUILOTOA - CHUGCHILAN

Start at the top of the Quilotoa Crater by the crater edge & down to the Toachi River Valley,  then climb up to Chugchilan. 6 – 7 Hours Hike

QUILOTOA LAGOON TREK

LAGOON TREK & TIGUA

Hike down to the shore of the lagoon & Kayak around, Horse Back Ride Back to the edge, and visit The Tigua Village.

CHUGCHILAN - INSILIVI

CHUGCHILAN - INSILIVI

Start in Chugchilan, down the road into the valley of the Toachi River. Walk along the river, cross to the other side of the valley and end up climbing up to the village of Insilivi.

QUITO - INSILIVI

INSILIVI ACLIMATIZATION TREK

Drive from Quito and start with a short thek of 3 km. to Insilivi

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Quito, pick up from your hotel 9 am
DURATION 1 Day, 2-4 Days
INCLUDED Entrance fees
Private transportation for the first and last day
English Speaking guide for whole the program
Accommodation based in mountain lodges or  homestay community projects.
Meals as mentioned
Entrance fees
NOT INCLUDED Activities not mentioned Extra activities
Personal expenses, Extra nights
Single supplement $40 USD for the 4 days and $50 for the 5 days trek
Extra drinks, tips
Optional Drop off at Baños de Agua Santa, Riobamba or Latacunga


Quilotoa loop hiking tour

  • QUILOTOA 1 DAY TRIP, LAGOON DESCENT & TIGUA

  • QUILOTOA LOOP 2 – 3 DAYS, QUILOTOA – CHUGCHILAN – INSILIVI

  • QUILOTOA LOOP 4 DAYS DOWNHILL ITINERARY

  • QUILOTOA LOOP 4 DAYS UPHILL ITINERARY

EXAMPLE OF ITINERARY:

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Day 1: QUITO-INSILIVI

Early in the morning, we take the Panamericana highway through the avenue of the volcanoes. In this way, if the day is clear we will have an amazing view of the Cotopaxi Volcano. Afterward, we continue driving for approximately 2 hours to reach the Guingopana Pass from where we can have beautiful views of the surrounding volcanoes and the valley of the Toachi River. We trek around 2 hours to the village of Isinlivi (3 km) to get acclimation. Meals: Lunch and dinner Hotel: Llullu Llama.
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Day 2: TREK INSILIVI TO CHUGCHILAN

After breakfast, we prepare ourselves for the second day of trekking. This day gives you the opportunity to live in the middle of the local people’s life and to traverse Andean landscapes of great beauty. It is a comfortable trek going up-and-down, walking and crossing hamlets and cultivated valleys along Toachi River. We descend to the canyon again and from here we climb up a minimum of 5 hours and maximum 6 hours about eleven kilometers until we reach Chugchilan town (3200). This small town with both mestizo and the indigenous population is increasingly popular with tourists. Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, and dinner Hotel: Mama Hilda or similar.
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Day 3: TREK CHUGCHILAN TO QUILOTOA

After a good breakfast, we start our hike up to the Quilotoa loop. We first go down to the Toachi River and follow this upstream. We slowly climb up the canyon, crossing the Rio Sigui Canyon to arrive at Guayama town where there is a chance to have a little rest. We continue hiking up through Andean crops and local houses, about eleven kilometers. After this exertion, we will find our reward; we reach the top of the Quilotoa loop (3800). Once we are here you have a chance to take pictures of this volcanic crater filled by a beautiful emerald lake. Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, and dinner Hotel: Chukirawa Hostel.
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Day 4: QUILOTOA LAGOON TREK AND TIGUA ART WORKSHOP

After a good breakfast, visit the crater and hike down the road to the edge of the lake where you can kayak around, you can rent horses to get back to the edge or have a steep walk back, after a traditional lunch in the highlands visit the Tigua community known for bright paintings of Andean life. Drop off in Quito. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. End of our services




			


LOCAL MARKETS

Saquisilí Market – Thursday

Saquisilí is a town just 20 minutes outside of Latacunga. Saquisilí market is one of the most important markets in the province of Cotopaxi. The entire community comes alive with vendors on every street. You could buy a Llama in the animal section, at 6 am.

Zumbahua Market – Saturday

Zumbahua is a town located about 90 minutes from Chugchilan. Saturday Morning is the Zumbahua Market, and it´s a beautiful village surrounded by rocky peaks. The market is very indigenous and colorful. Many Llamas for sale. The fair ends by 1-2 pm.

Chugchilán Market – Sunday

After a delicious breakfast, you can take a walk through the small Sunday Market in Chugchilán. The town of Chugchilán is quite tiny, but on Sunday, 100 more people are in town, mostly hanging out.

Guantualo Morning Market – Monday

From Chugchilan, you can hike or ride horses across the canyon to visit a very small, non-touristy, rural community market. See how people have been trading for hundreds of years. A three-hour trek each way.

Latacunga Market – Tuesday

Latacunga is the largest town in the Quilotoa Loop by the Panamerican highway.


LATACUNGA WEATHER

Quilotoa
the avenue of the volcanoes
Quilotoa