An incredibly scenic hike up the mountains behind the village of Chugchilan takes you to the paramo highlands. It’s a beautiful hike up and once you reach the tree line you can hike up a bit further until you get on the highest mountain top from where the views are truly incredible! On the one side you can see the Toachi Canyon and Quilotoa Loop area while on the other side you can see the coastal plains in the distance.
Hike a bit further and you will reach the cheese factory. For a small entrance fee you can take a look inside at the cheese cellars and different equipment and rooms they use for the cheese making process. You can also buy a piece of cheese for your lunch! Afterwards it’s a scenic hike back down to Chugchilan.

  • This hike is a very nice 4-5 hour day hike from Chugchilan village.
  • It is also possible to rent horses to take this same trail.
  • Ask your accommodation for the hiking instructions.


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