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Quilotoa Loop Tour
Discover the emerald green of the Quilotoa Lagoon and the rural life of the Andes
The Quilotoa Loop Tour will give us the opportunity to get to know the authentic rural life of the Andes, passing through the villages of indigenous and mestizo ethnic groups. Among the incredible places we will visit during these 3 days is the beautiful Quilotoa Lagoon, famous for its emerald green color and considered one of the most beautiful in the world. It is located in the crater of a volcano, which makes it even more unique. We will also see other spectacular landscapes such as deep canyons, paramo ecosystems and snow-capped volcanoes.
On the other hand, we offer you the option of sleeping in hostels in our standard version, or sleeping in lodges in our premium version that also includes luggage transport. You decide!
Below we tell you all the details of the tour 🙂:
- Expert nature guide
- Public or private transportation Latacunga - Quilotoa - Latacunga
- Accommodation in hostels or lodges
- Full board meals
- Luggage transport (premium version)
- Access ticket to Quilotoa
- Mountain equipment
- Other beverages
- Trekking poles (available for rent 5 USD/day)
- Waterproof jacket (available for rent for 5 USD/day)
- Backpack (available for rent Large: 5 USD/day - Small: 3 USD/day)
Free cancellation! If you cancel at least 30 days before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of no-show, no refunds will be given.
DAY 1 Latacunga - Sigchos - Isinlivi
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Starting elevation: 2,900 masl
Highest elevation: 2,950 masl
Pick up at the lodge
The Quilotoa Loop Tour will start with the pick up at our hotel at 9:00 A.M. We will board our private transportation and travel 1 hour and a half until we reach Sigchos, seeing the mountainous landscapes of the place.
Hike to Isinlivi
Once we arrive, we will begin a downhill hike to 2,650 meters above sea level to head to another village, known as Isinlivi. Here we will have the opportunity to enjoy the views of the snow-capped peaks of the Ilinizas. We will also see the beautiful corn fields and other crops, highlighting the purple lupine flowers whose seeds are edible and have a high protein content. We will then have dinner and spend the night at the hostel or lodge, depending on the version you select when booking the tour.
DAY 2 Isinlivi - Chugchilan
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Starting elevation: 2,950 masl
Highest elevation: 3,197 masl
Beginning of the hike
After breakfast, we will begin our second day's hike. We will descend to the canyon of the Toachi River, enjoying the incredible views it offers and experiencing the rural life of the Andes.
We will continue walking and ascend again to 3,000 meters above sea level to reach the road where we will continue walking until we reach the village of Chugchilan. If you select the standard version, you will sleep in a small hostel with a nice garden; if you select the premium version, you will sleep in a lodge.
DAY 3 Chugchilan - Quilotoa - Latacunga
Hiking time: 6 hours
Starting elevation: 3,100 masl
Highest elevation: 3,850 masl
Today, one of the most impressive places of this tour awaits us: the Quilotoa Lagoon, considered one of the most beautiful lagoons in the world. After a 6-hour hike, we will arrive at the crater located at 3,900 meters above sea level. Take the opportunity to enjoy these views and the changing colors of the lagoon water.
Return to Latacunga
After lunch, we will resume the hike until we reach Quilotoa, where a transfer will pick us up to return to Latacunga and put an end to these 3 days in the Quilotoa Loop Tour.
What to bring to Quilotoa Loop Tour
- Medium backpack
- Trekking shoes
- Clothing: thermal underwear, trekking socks, long-sleeved shirt, hiking pants and waterproof jacket
- Sunscreen with high degree of protection (50 or more)
- Lip protector
- Personal hygiene items
- Face mask
- Water bottle
- Alcohol-based disinfectant