Enjoy a wonderful 3-day tour hiking accompanied by the best landscapes of the Andes. The Quilotoa Loop in the central highlands is a great way to experience the beautiful countryside of the Andes.You will pass indigenous and mestizo villages, meet local farmers, and enjoy spectacular scenery with deep canyons, paramo highlands and snow-capped peaks. Quilotoa is one of the most impressive craters of South America. On this trip, you will spend the nights in cozy hostels with fireplaces, so it is the perfect trek for does who want nature, but prefer staying at hotels instead of camping.
Day 1 (L)
After hotel pickup early in the morning, you will board a vehicle at about 7:30am and head to Quilotoa. You will drive south of Quito through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and pass by the towns of Latacunga and Pujilí. On the way, you will stop to visit an indigenous local house from the “Paramos”. Here, you will observe their clothes and customs, but most importantly you will visit their typical indigenous house made of straw. Share some moments with them, talking, watching and learning about their life and how they prepare the soil to sow. Then, you will head to visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. Continue the drive up to Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater for 3 hours. Prepare yourself to enjoy an unforgettable experience by mule back riding! Enjoy of the most beautiful landscape in the highlands and traditional indigenous villages.
Accommodation in Quilotoa at a local lodge.
Day 2: (B) (L)
You will leave the Quilotoa Crater after breakfast to hike down and up to Chugchilan. It is a 5 to 6 hours hike, going up to between 12,796 feet (3,900 meters) and 10,499 feet (3,200 meters). You will cross the Rio Toachi Canyon and then head back up to get to the road that takes you to Chugchilan. During this 5-hour hike, you will have excellent views on the Toachi Canyon, and you will get good impressions what life is like on the countryside in the Andes.
Accommodation in Chugchilan at a local lodge.
Day 3: (B) (L)
After breakfast, you leave with your guide towards Isinlivi, the next village on your trip. Enjoy a 4-hour hike going down into the warm canyon of Rio Toachi and relaxing at the riverbed before going the last meters up to Isinlivi. During the hike, you will descend 400 meters with an ascent of 300 meters, covering a distance of 7 miles (12 kilometers). Enjoy lunch and then return to Quito.