Trekking Isinlivi, Chugchilang, Quilotoa Lagoon 3-days



Quilotoa Loop - Challenging Option (Isinlivi - Chugchilan - Quilotoa) 3 days

With this option you begin your trek in Isinlivi and hike up the valley towards Laguna Quilotoa. This is mostly uphill and can be quite challenging if you are not fit or familiar with multi day hikes. If you’re looking for an easier option you can select the mostly downhill, Quilotoa to Isinlivi trek here. The Quilotoa Loop (3850m – 12631ft) is reached by one of the most beautiful routes connecting the highlands with the coast. This volcanic crater is filled with a beautiful emerald lake. As we hike towards the lagoon, we pass through the indigenous villages of the area which provide a fantastic chance to see the TRUE ECUADOR.



# Day



Day 1:

hike Insilivi

3200 m./ 10,498 ft

Day 2:

hike Chugchilán

3200 m./ 10,498 ft

Day 3:

            Quilotoa Lake  

3914 m./ 12,841 ft


Cotopaxi Climbing Day By Day

Day 1: hike Insinlivi

Elevation: 3200 m./ 10,498 ft

  1. We’ll leave from Quito (9,186 ft/2800 m) in the morning and will drive the Quilotoa Lagoon. During the tour we will stop at an Indian hut and after we will visit the Tigua community to observe the leather crafts made here. The tour will take us about 4 hours, after which we’ll arrive at the viewpoint and observe the magnitude of the crater and its lagoon.
    We will then descend along varying terrains; the walk will take us an hour until we arrive at the bottom of the lagoon to take photos, have lunch and rest. Lodging at Quilotoa shalala (B;LB;D)

Day 2: Hike Chugchilán Village

Elevation: 3200 m./ 10,498 ft

  1. Hiking from Laguna Quilotoa to Chugchilán we will have beautiful views of the Toachi River Canyon. First we will walk along the crater edge with impressive views of the lagoon inside, then descend to the plateau of the small indigenous village Huayama. As we descend the switch back trails down to the Toachi River Gorge, the climate and scenery change dramatically. Soon we will be surrounded by the canyon walls and hike along the river banks. The hike ranges from 4 to 5 hours and is moderately challenging. We will be staying at Cloud Forest Hostal. It is a basic, but a friendly and clean hostel run by José Luis. Chugchilán is a well known destination for hikers and a typical mountain region village in Ecuador. It has a small plaza, a church and a school, and most of the people still use a horse or donkey as transport. Here you will feel like you have gone back a few hundred years in time. (B;LB;D)

Day 3: Lake Quilotoa

Elevation: 3914 m./ 12,841 ft

  1. Hike from Chugchilan to Isinlivi. This hike follows the Toachi canyon and you will hike a great part along the river and pass through small highland villages. The hike ranges from 4 to 5 hours and is moderately challenging. After lunch we will drive back to the village of El Chaupi (Place of mountaineering). The journey finishes with a coffee before to go back to Quito. (B;LB)



Services included in the prices:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Ecuadorian qualified and experienced local guide
  • All meals during the hikes  (shown above with B: Breakfast, BL: Box lunch and D: Dinner)
  • Saquisilí indigenous market (only thursday)
  • Mule ride ($10.00usd, subject to change)
  • Kayak rental ($4.00usd, subject to change)
  • Our Accommodation is in hostels but you can asking for the prices of the  Hosterías or Lodge
  • Tigua community painting gallery

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation and meals while in Quito
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Lunch (if option not selected)
  • Gratuities (optional) Tips
  • Mule ride ($10.00usd, subject to change)
  • Kayak rental ($4.00usd, subject to change)
  • Other non-specified expenses



  • What to bring:
    • Warm clothing (layers)
    • Sun block
    • Sun glasses
    • Gloves
    • Scarf
    • Wool hat
    • Original passport
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Extra snacks and water
    • Hiking boots or trekking shoes
    • Camera



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  • - 30 days or more before the Departure Date = loss of deposit.
  • - 29 to 15 days from the start of the trip = 50% of total trip cost
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Country / Location: Ecuador


In Ecuador you can Climb all year, but these are the seasons

High Season: June to August / December to January
Low season: February to May / September to November

Ecuador is a fantastic destination that offers plenty of options for travel lovers. In addition to the Andes, Galápagos and Amazon Jungle are also part of this amazing land.

Difficulty: (Beginner) No prior climbing experience is required. Climbers should be in good physical condition and it is highly recommended that they have some backpacking experience.
Places: On this trip, places are still available. *Available
Trip-code: Number ►Cotoclimb-2D
Duration: 2 days
Participants: Minimum: 2 Maximum: 12
Mountain Guide / TripAdvisor: Fernando Iza
Other dates / additional info: Contact us!

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