GUANTUALO MARKET HIKE
This popular day hike shows rural life high up in the Andes. Meet local farmers along the way with their cows, guinea pigs, chicken and llamas. The hike takes you through one of the greenest valleys around Isinlivi and is really quite relaxing and beautiful. In Guantualo the indigenous men wear colorful ponchos and women colorful scarfs – it’s great to just sit for a while to look at the villagers. Visit Guantualo on a Monday for the most authentic and non-touristy market of the Quilotoa Loop. It’s a beautiful sight to watch the locals trade their livestock – the local butcher every Monday slaughters a pig, llama or sheep to sell off piece by piece right there in the middle of the market.
- This hike takes between 3 and 4 hours and is great for beginners.
- Ask your accommodation for hiking instructions.