Hiking & Outdoor Adventure
The Quilotoa Loop is a hiking and outdoor recreation area in the beautiful Ecuadorian Andes southwest of Quito. It consists of more than 200 km of collective trails and roads that traverse through lush farmland, down steep canyons, and up challenging but rewarding peaks, including the Quilotoa Volcano, now an empty caldera holding a stunning crater lake.
Traditions & Culture
Despite the increase in popularity of the Quilotoa Loop, the people in this area have remained very pure and authentic. Hiking through tiny highland villages, discovering traditional markets and meeting the friendly locals – the Quilotoa Loop offers an incredible cultural experience!
The town of Latacunga serves as the gateway to the Quilotoa Loop, from where travelers typically take a transport to Quilotoa, Sigchos or Isinlivi to enter the Loop and start their adventure.
Most villages on the Quilotoa Loop offer lodging and are connected through paved roads, gravel dirt roads, and off-road hiking trails. You can take public transportation, contract a local truck, take the milk truck or your own car…but one of the most popular methods is to hike the Quilotoa Loop on your own two feet!
Customize your trip!
You can either base yourself in one village to explore the Loop on day hikes, or you can go on a multi-day village-to-village trekking adventure and sleep in a different village each night.
A Quilotoa Loop trip is completely customizable and you can build in many fun activities, such as horse-riding, market visits, biking, cow milking, a community tour or a visit to a cheese factory!
It is our hope that you fall so in love with the area that you spend at least 4 days on the Loop, enjoying the hikes, outdoor activities as well as experience our traditions & culture!
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