Your day-by-day itinerary
Drive through the Quilotoa Region to Islinlivi
We’ll arrange your transport to the mountain village of Isinlivi, where you’ll be spending the evening before your hike tomorrow. The journey to get here is an experience in itself, with views stretching across the mountainous landscape, your driver will make a few stops along the way so you can admire the view. Arriving in the afternoon, you’ll have time to relax at your simple, comfortable lodge, before a traditional dinner is prepared for you as evening draws in and the stars come out.
Hike from Isinlivi to Chugchilan
After breakfast this morning it’s time to set off. You can just take a small day pack as your driver will take your main luggage to your next lodge, and a packed lunch will be provided. You’ll meet your local guide who’ll be there to ensure you don’t get lost along the 5-7 hour trail (they won’t speak great English, but they’ll know the area like the back of their hand).
The route takes you along deep gorges and through lush green landscapes as you pass villages and farms where you can see daily life unfold. The region has remained largely unchanged over the years, and many people still speak the indigenous Kichwa language. The hike is fairly gentle for the most part, but there are some steep parts, especially towards the end so you’ll be relieved to collapse into a hammock at your lodge in Chugchilan. In the evening you can relax, recharge and enjoy a freshly cooked dinner.
Visit the Quilotoa crater lake
Your driver will pick you up after breakfast, ready for the 1hr journey to the huge Quilotoa crater lake – a result of the eruption in 1797. The water is an unusual colour due to the algae which lives there, and changes with the sunlight. It’s a peaceful spot to sit and take it all in or if you are feeling energetic you can take a stroll around the crater rim. After a couple of hours, you’ll leave the volcano and head to a local hacienda for a home-cooked lunch, before continuing on to your next destination.
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