Do you love hiking and trekking? Do you enjoy scenic views and being a little adventurous? Then you should totally do the Quilotoa Loop! You will be able to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Andean mountains combined with a thrilling hike up and down the hills and the crossing of natural rivers. Spending quiet nights in remote villages will give you the chance to see an amazing night sky full of stars on clear days and maybe to find yourself!
Quilotoa Loop 4 Days Guided Trek
Please note that a night in the Ibis Hotel is included. You can take this night either before or after the trek.
DAY 1: HOTEL IN QUITO - TRANSPORTATION TO ISINLIVI
If you choose to take your included night in the Hotel Ibis the day before the tour starts, you begin your day with a tasty and filling breakfast of toast, eggs, jam, and juice. Get picked up between 10:00 and 12:00, directly at the hotel, to start your adventure.
Your first stop is the small but picturesque village of Isinliví, in the middle of the Andean mountains. Upon arriving, you will already get a taste of the stunning scenery that will accompany you during the following days. Due to its remote location, you can rest before starting the hike the following day. Walk around the lovely lanes, get to know the way of life of Andean Ecuador, or go check the viewing point on one end of the town.
You spend the night in the LLu Llu Llama Lodge or similar.
DAY 2 – CHUGCHILAN
The next day, you have breakfast and you receive a map. Don’t expect it to be in flawless English or to be well-described. But don’t let this piece of information discourage you this is part of an adventure and you are an adventurer! Your next stop will be the village of Chugchilán, about 23 km (14 miles) away from Isinliví. We recommend you start the hike around 8:00 because it will take you between 5 and 6 hours of hiking to get to that town. Please be aware that the walk won’t lead through the flat area but you will have passages of hiking up and passages of hiking down again. During this hike, you will benefit from picturesque views of the Andean mountains and go through natural rivers and beautiful sceneries.
Chugchilán is like Isinliví, a small village on the Quilotoa Loop. Given that it is in the middle of the Loop, it is a perfect spot for hiking toward Quilotoa. After a day full of hiking, you are invited to rest in the hostel, eat dinner and enjoy the beautiful landscapes that surround Chugchilán. Maybe stroll a little through the rural lanes of this town if you want to discover more!
You spend the night in the Black Sheep Inn or similar.
DAY 3 – QUILOTOA
On the third day, you start your last hike toward Quilotoa. After breakfast, we recommend you begin the hike again at around 8:00. This hike takes you between 5 to 7 hours to complete. You will walk around 20 km (12.4 miles). Like the other walks, you will follow a scenic trail and pass beautiful views and amazing landscapes.
However, the highlight will be arriving in Laguna Quilotoa. Going down the stairs and catching the first sight of the lake, you will stop instantly and hold your breath. You can expect a massive crater filled with blue water surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of the Andean mountains. This amazing view is indeed breathtaking. In Quilotoa, you have different possibilities: you can either hike around the crater or walk down to the lagoon. Please be aware that it takes at least 5 hours to hike around the crater. Go kayaking or just enjoy the views and the rewarding feeling of having hiked 2 complete days and walked more than 40 km (24.8 miles)!
You spend the night at the Samay Kirutoa Hostel or similar.
DAY 4 – RETURN TO LATACUNGA/QUITO
We recommend you get up early to do a last hike in the Laguna. That way, you get the most out of the spectacular landscape and, on a clear day, you can enjoy a stunning sunrise above Quilotoa’s blue waters.
You get picked up at around 12:00 and get either dropped off in Latacunga or in Quito, depending on your next travels.
1 person: $900 p.p.
2 people: $600 p.p.
3-4 people: $450 p.p.
Trekking the amazing "Laguna Quilotoa"
Staying in local villages
1 night in a hotel in Quito
3 nights in different hostels in shared rooms*
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transportation from/to Quito and Latacunga
What's Not Included
Lunch (lunch boxes are available for purchase in the hostels)
Tips for the guide