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  • near Sigchos, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    24.54mi
    Elevation +
    7087f
    TrailRank
    65| Rating 4.34
    Photo ofSigchos-Isilivì-Chugchilan-Quilotoa Photo ofSigchos-Isilivì-Chugchilan-Quilotoa Photo ofSigchos-Isilivì-Chugchilan-Quilotoa

    3-days Trekking from Sichchos till Quilotoa lake and village. Difficulty depends whether you are used to walk in the mountains and how your body reacts to the altitude (Quilotoa lies at 3’900 m). There are some challengi...

    Très belle rando, que nous avons modifié de temps en temps. N'hésitez pas, c'est franchement top a faire.
    titi.hd
    It was one of the greatest experiences of my life, will look forward to doing other trails in Ecuador... 🚶🏻‍♀️🇪🇨🇺🇸...
    Vici Jiva
  • Quilotoa Loop

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    near Sigchos, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    31.32mi
    Elevation +
    10912f
    TrailRank
    56| Rating 4.34
    Photo ofQuilotoa Loop Photo ofQuilotoa Loop Photo ofQuilotoa Loop

    This is the catalog entry for a four day hike that starts and stops in Latacunga and visits the countryside to the west of the city including the beautiful Laguna de Quilotoa. Bus to Sigchos Day 1 Sigchos to Isinlivi...

    Challenging terrain but doable. GPS track essential as much of the trail is faint or with multiple options
    skeebyk
    Great hike, much better and faster than the maps supplied by hostels. Don't forget to stay at Lulu llama hostel! It's t...
    Matt Cool
  • Chugchilan to Quilotoa

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    near Chucchilán, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    7.34mi
    Elevation +
    3652f
    TrailRank
    55| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofChugchilan to Quilotoa Photo ofChugchilan to Quilotoa Photo ofChugchilan to Quilotoa

    Day 3 of a 4 day hike known as the Quilotoa Loop. This is the hardest day of the trip but also the most rewarding with views of the Laguna de Quilotoa. The hike starts off with a small descent to a river crossing but ...

    Great
    Epolina
  • Isinlivi to Chugchilan

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    near Isinliví, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    7.60mi
    Elevation +
    2428f
    TrailRank
    52| Rating 4.89
    Photo ofIsinlivi to Chugchilan Photo ofIsinlivi to Chugchilan Photo ofIsinlivi to Chugchilan

    Day 2 of a 4 day hike known as the Quilotoa Loop. The hike starts at Llu Llu Llamas Hostel and descends into a valley before the climb to Chugchilan. There are several hostels there to chose from (we stayed at and enjoye...

    Great hike. GPS is low accuracy in the valleys which caused us to pick the wrong route (go up rather than down when you ...
    lmdfriel
    Great
    Epolina
    Downloaded the route to maps.me. Generally the way is quite well marked, except on the first turn right before the bridg...
    Zak Hirsch
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  • Sigchos to Isinlivi

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    near Sigchos, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    6.83mi
    Elevation +
    1631f
    TrailRank
    50| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofSigchos to Isinlivi Photo ofSigchos to Isinlivi Photo ofSigchos to Isinlivi

    Day 1 of a four day hike known as the Quilotoa Loop. We took the 9:30 bus from Latacunga at $2.15 pp and were dropped off in Sigchos just before noon. The trail heads through town and ends at the Llu Llu Lama Hostel in I...

    Nice trail, downloaded the map to maps.me - made it very easy to follow. Took me just under 3 hours with breaks.
    Zak Hirsch
  • Quilotoa to Tigua

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    near Cuizán, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    9.49mi
    Elevation +
    1273f
    TrailRank
    49| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofQuilotoa to Tigua Photo ofQuilotoa to Tigua Photo ofQuilotoa to Tigua

    Day 4 of a 4 day hike known as the Quilotoa Loop. Today's hike starts in Quilotoa and goes into an impressive canyon with fairly steep descent and ascent (from around the 3 km mark to the 7 km mark). The views and scener...

    Great! Easy to follow with the GPS and way points. It took us a few minutes to find the bridge to cross the river. The c...
    Ameur Manceur
  • near Isinliví, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    8.61mi
    Elevation +
    3058f
    TrailRank
    47| Rating 3.67
    Photo ofIsinlivi to chugchilan Quilotoa loop part 2 hilly route Photo ofIsinlivi to chugchilan Quilotoa loop part 2 hilly route Photo ofIsinlivi to chugchilan Quilotoa loop part 2 hilly route

    Starts again with nice downhill from Hostal Taita Cristóbal, We were told by hostel the route we wanted to take was not accessible anymore and showed a new route. We were so eager to get going we walked past the first tu...

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    Green mandala
  • near Isinliví, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    8.44mi
    Elevation +
    3386f
    TrailRank
    47
    Photo ofIsinliví - Chucchilán (Quilotao loop day 2) Photo ofIsinliví - Chucchilán (Quilotao loop day 2) Photo ofIsinliví - Chucchilán (Quilotao loop day 2)

    Left Isinlivi from our hostel following the trail behind it down the road, we backtracked to follow another trail on Wililoc to find out the road meets up. Its easy going down hill into the valley .Theres a short up hill...

  • Sigchos - Isinliví Day 1

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    near Sigchos, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    7.38mi
    Elevation +
    1883f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo ofSigchos - Isinliví Day 1 Photo ofSigchos - Isinliví Day 1 Photo ofSigchos - Isinliví Day 1

    Started after catching the bus from Latacunga with took 2 hours.We followed another travellers wikiloc for directions, its a must because its very easy to miss the small changes in the trail.We followed road into town fo...

  • near Chucchilán, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    8.72mi
    Elevation +
    3524f
    TrailRank
    44
    Photo ofQuilotoa Loop Day 3 Chugghilan to Quilotoa Photo ofQuilotoa Loop Day 3 Chugghilan to Quilotoa Photo ofQuilotoa Loop Day 3 Chugghilan to Quilotoa

    Yes I agree with the other Wililocers this was a hard walk.The trail is great most of the way but its nearly all uphill. Getting to the Laguna for my 2 boys was a highlight.We rested for a hour having lunch taking photos...

  • Zumbagua to hawapata

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    near Zumbagua, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    2.44mi
    Elevation +
    1007f
    TrailRank
    43
    Photo ofZumbagua to hawapata Photo ofZumbagua to hawapata Photo ofZumbagua to hawapata

    Nice hike from zumbahua to view point on a peak hawapata. There is a place where trail looks like closed but you can pass

  • Quilotoa Lake to Chugchilán

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    near Hacienda Guayama, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    6.63mi
    Elevation +
    1037f
    TrailRank
    42| Rating 4.67
    Photo ofQuilotoa Lake to Chugchilán Photo ofQuilotoa Lake to Chugchilán Photo ofQuilotoa Lake to Chugchilán

    We went from Chugchián to the lake by "Camioneta". We walked down to the lake from the border of the crater then back up. After that we followed the trail back to Chugchilán (Google maps call it Chucchilán, go figure). ...

    Very nice hike. There is a part when you leaving from the lake that you may get lost
    vtsitlak
  • Quitoloa

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    near Sigchos, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    24.47mi
    Elevation +
    6811f
    TrailRank
    41
    Photo ofQuitoloa Photo ofQuitoloa Photo ofQuitoloa

    Quite easy especially the first two days Weather is unpredictable. Rain forecast for all three days but I got hit only twice for 30 mins.

  • near Chucchilán, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    7.90mi
    Elevation +
    3550f
    TrailRank
    41
    Photo ofCHUGCHILÁN -> QUILOTOA part 3 Quilotoa loop Photo ofCHUGCHILÁN -> QUILOTOA part 3 Quilotoa loop Photo ofCHUGCHILÁN -> QUILOTOA part 3 Quilotoa loop

    This us the hardest day prepare for an uphill battle. Once you reach the crater it doesnt end there. You have to dice with some death passes especially if windy like when we went. At one point it was that small a ledge a...

  • near Sigchos, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    7.42mi
    Elevation +
    1785f
    TrailRank
    40| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofQuilotoa loop day 1. Sigchos - Isinlivi Photo ofQuilotoa loop day 1. Sigchos - Isinlivi Photo ofQuilotoa loop day 1. Sigchos - Isinlivi

    First day hiking on famous trail in Ecuador. Final place is little bit further than Isinlivi, because I was wild camping. Final spot is flat, next to the river, situated between beautiful mountains. Perfect to camp. Abou...

    The steep is very energy taking but totally durable if you take your time and make breaks every few meters. The landscap...
    Sil Via 0202
  • near Chucchilán, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    8.36mi
    Elevation +
    3110f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo ofChugchilan - Quilotoa (new route 4/2017) Photo ofChugchilan - Quilotoa (new route 4/2017) Photo ofChugchilan - Quilotoa (new route 4/2017)

    Part of the Quilotoa-Traverse. The old route is not supported anymore as the bridge to cross the river has been washed away. The new route has signs at the important intersections. Directions from Cloud Forest Host...

  • Sigchos - Chugchilan - Quilotoa

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    near Sigchos, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    21.04mi
    Elevation +
    6732f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo ofSigchos - Chugchilan - Quilotoa Photo ofSigchos - Chugchilan - Quilotoa Photo ofSigchos - Chugchilan - Quilotoa

    A very pleasant hike over the course of 2 days. At first we wanted to make a first stop at Isinlivi but decided to shortcut it anyway. We did camping on a small hill after Chugchilan, it is indicated along the path. Th...

  • Quilotoa Loop

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    near Sigchos, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    33.37mi
    Elevation +
    8556f
    TrailRank
    36| Rating 4.67
    Photo ofQuilotoa Loop

    Hiking a beautiful part of the Quilotoa Loop, from the town of Sigchos to Posada de Tigua (a dairy farm near Tigua). There are four stages: 1) from Sigchos to Isinliví (11,1km, asc 360m, desc 320m); 2) to Chucchilán ...

    Quilotoa Loop (not really a loop) is great trail! You can stay in great hostels each night where you'll find excellent d...
    natesing
    Very useful this, thanks, we did this south to north. We did a different route in a few bits, particularly the canyon be...
    Justin Marshall
  • 'Skywalk' ridge hiking

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    near Chucchilán, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    4.85mi
    Elevation +
    1184f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of'Skywalk' ridge hiking Photo of'Skywalk' ridge hiking Photo of'Skywalk' ridge hiking

    This hike allows you to walk on a narrow ridge between canyons with phenomenal views. It can be turned into a much shorter loop hike by using the trail that descends from the plateau into the canyon. You can spot it o...

  • Chugchilan - Isinlivi

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    near Chucchilán, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    8.45mi
    Elevation +
    1332f
    TrailRank
    35| Rating 4.33
    Photo ofChugchilan - Isinlivi Photo ofChugchilan - Isinlivi Photo ofChugchilan - Isinlivi

    Part of the famous Quilotoa Loop hike, clock-wise. - most of the time an easy hike - be aware of agressive dogs on the way, especially close to Isinlivi - could also be done from Isinlivi to Chugchilan

    Es una ruta bien definida y muy hermosa,durante la mayor parte del tiempo se va junto al rio.
    Lourdes Rodriguez 8
  • Quilotoa Loop Map

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    near Sigchos, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    24.13mi
    Elevation +
    7428f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo ofQuilotoa Loop Map Photo ofQuilotoa Loop Map Photo ofQuilotoa Loop Map

    This is a map of the "Standard Route" for the Quilotoa Loop trek from Sigchos to Quilotoa Crater Lake. For more details like how to reach the trailhead, cost, and helpful tips, visit the blog post below.

  • near Cuizán, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    18.85mi
    Elevation +
    4291f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo ofQuilotoa loop and descend to Tigua 040115jc Photo ofQuilotoa loop and descend to Tigua 040115jc

    Quite demanding day because of the long distance and the height difference. First we did the Quilotoa crater loop anti-clockwise, descending to the lake tawards the end of the loop through no very defined paths, but not ...

  • near Isinliví, Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
    Distance
    7.68mi
    Elevation +
    3130f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo ofQuilotoa Loop: Isinliví - Chugchilán Photo ofQuilotoa Loop: Isinliví - Chugchilán Photo ofQuilotoa Loop: Isinliví - Chugchilán

    Second day of the amazing loop. Much more natural trail, with some challenging parts. Overall on the easy side of moderate. We were advised to take this version of the trail, as the other more regular one was too muddy b...

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