To the crater and back

Quilotoa is a place that seems to be overlooked by travelers. Very few people who I have met along the way have heard of it or, better yet, done it. And it’s a shame as it’s one of the best and beautiful self-guided hikes you can do in Ecuador, with a magnificent reward at the end of it.
I started in Latacunga, taking a small colectivo to Sigchos where the walking began. The scenery and trails lead you up and down for 3 days through the remote Andian valleys and hills, crossing rivers, eucalyptus and pine forests, tiny picturesque villages, through sunshine and mist up to the Quilotoa Lagoon, a beautiful emerald coloured lake at the top of a once active volcano. It’s roughly a 40km hike, reaching a peak of nearly 4000 meters altitude. And it’s absolutely worth it.

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