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Quilotoa Loop

The region that has come to be known as the Quilotoa Loop boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ecuador, and is perfect for travelers seeking a taste of indigenous farm life and spectacular mountain landscapes that are a bit off the usual path.

Starting in Latacunga, the Quilotoa Loop winds for 200 kilometers (124 mi) of mostly unpaved road through patchwork hills and along riverbeds, connecting tiny mountain villages, before circling back to Latacunga. Though riding the entire loop in one fell swoop would take about eight hours by bus, the real thrill of the expedition is in hiking and bumping along the dusty road from village to village, staying the night and hanging out with both the locals and fellow travelers.

Many choose to travel the loop in a circle, walking, busing or riding horses from village to village in either direction, staying in a different place each night. Another option is to base yourself in either Chugchilán, Isinliví or Tigua, which all have delightful accommodation options.

By Caroline Bennett
exploring, laughing, wanderlust, strangers. 120 film, making art, cyanotypes, vintage. scotch on the rocks & coffee, black. the unknown. the sound of...
13 Sep 2012

Hotels on the Quilotoa Loop

Hostal Llullu Llama

Once a traditional farmhouse, Hostel Llullu Lama is now a beautiful mountain lodge. Due to its location, the hostel is a prime spot to start hikes and treks. Pick up free hiking maps or organize a ...
IsinlivĂ­, Ecuador

Hostal Cloud Forest

The cheapest of Chugchilán\'s hotel options, but comparable in quality, the Hostal Cloud Forest is well-run and great value. Its cozy and inviting atmosphere is comforting amid the freezing and ...
Chugchilán, Ecuador

The Black Sheep Inn Ecolodge

This gorgeous mountain lodge, though only a brisk 15-minute walk from the village of Chugchilán, has rambling grounds, a remote feel and dazzling views. The lodge makes a strong effort to promote ...
Chugchilán, Ecuador

Posada Blanquita

Posada Blanquita is a relatively new addition to Chugchilán\'s smattering of hotel options. You\'ll find it in a pleasant, airy building opposite the bus terminal. The hotel\'s restaurant takes up ...
Chugchilán, Ecuador

Hotel Oro Verde

Above one of the village\'s most popular lunch spots is one of the larger hostels in Zambuhua, the Oro Verde. Staff are a little brusque and despite the attached restaurant breakfast isn\'t included, ...
Zumbahua, Ecuador

Hostal Conejito

Staying at the Hostal Conejito (literally, the Little Rabbit hostel) is more like staying in somebody\'s tiny home; in fact, spend the night here and you are staying in somebody\'s home. Up a steep, ...
Quilotoa, Ecuador

Hosteria Alpaca

One of the newer accommodation options in the village, the Hosteria Alpaca has some of the most pleasant rooms of any of the Quilotoa hotels, with comfy beds, wood-burning stoves and beautiful views ...
Quilotoa, Ecuador

Quilotoa Crater Lake Lodge

A diamond in the rough of the concrete village that is Quilotoa, the Crater Lake Lodge is undoubtedly the nicest place to spend a cold, windy Quilotoa night. The hacienda-style lodge was built with ...
Quilotoa, Ecuador

Hostal Chosita

Hostal Chosita is a pink two-storey building halfway up the hill to the crater. Rooms have private bath and rates include breakfast and dinner, but the place is bleak and lacks the rustic charm of ...
Quilotoa, Ecuador

Pacha Mama

A basic but decent option run by an amicable local family, Pacha Mama is the second to last stop on the left as you approach the crater. Four upstairs rooms are surprisingly warm for the area as heat ...
Quilotoa, Ecuador

Princesa Toa

The only hostel located down on the actual lakeside, Princesa Toa is organized by the Fundacion Ecuatoriana del Habitat. It is run by local community members and all profits are invested back into ...
Quilotoa, Ecuador

Hiking on the Quilotoa Loop

Hiking in the Quilotoa Region

The Quilotoa region presents some of the best hiking in Ecuador, from traversing deep rugged canyons, volcanic crater lakes and cloud forests, to gentle walks through rolling patchwork hills and on ...

Hiking From Quilotoa To Chugchilán

This 12 kilometer (7.5 mi) mile trek is one of the most astonishingly beautiful day hikes in Ecuador. Depending on fitness levels, the hike takes between four to five hours, passing by Quilotoa’s ...
Quilotoa, Ecuador
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