In the Quilotoa Hiking trekking tour, you have some spectacular views of the unique Andean landscape, we hike from Insilivi to Chugchilán then to the   Quilotoa crater where we will have some awesome views of the canyon of Toachi River and end up in Tigua valley. during the trek we will walk by the crater edge with impressive views of the lagoon inside, then we descend where lies the small indigenous villages. As we descend the switchback trails down to the Toachi River Gorge. The hike ranges from 4 to 5 hours and is moderately challenging.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Quito, pick up from your hotel 9 am
DURATION 4 Days – 3 Nights
INCLUDED Entrance fees
Private transportation for the first and last day
English Speaking guide for whole the program
Accommodation based in homestays or hostel at every place
Meals as mentioned above
Entrance fees
NOT INCLUDED Activities not mentioned Extra activities
Personal expenses Hotel for the last night Extra nights
at last day (surcharge applies)
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

 

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Day 1: QUITO-INSILIVI

Early in the morning, we take the Panamericana highway through the avenue of the volcanoes. On 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 tourist. 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: TREK QUILOTOA TO TIGUA VALLEY

After breakfast, we prepare to walk around five to six hours to Tigua valley. First, we will walk by the crater edge with impressive views of the lagoon inside, until we descend into the canyon again. Passing through the fields of small private farms we will end our trek at the local hacienda at Tigua where lunch will be served. Finally, we will be picked up by the transportation to go back to Quito, if you wish we can adapt to your travel schedule, we can drop off you in Baños or Latacunga so you can continue your trip to the south, or even drop you off in Riobamba for an extra coast, Meals: Breakfast and Box lunch.
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Another option is an extra night at Posada de Tigua.

Quilotoa
the avenue of the volcanoes
Quilotoa