Trekking The Quilotoa Crater Lake 2 days
Trekking along the Andes' most amazing landscapes of the famous AVENUE OF VOLCANOES in Ecuadorian highlands. This trekking adventure will transport you into the heart of the Andean culture to experience the local way of living, hiking narrow trails used by the local mountain people.
Trek for 1 day to reach QUILOTOA volcano, Hike down the base of the Caldera of Quilotoa and take a kayak to explore the volcanic activity of this magical crater with possible opportunities of swimming in volcanic waters.
TREKKING QUILOTOA LOOP
KAYAKING INSIDE OF THE CRATER TO SEE THE ACTIVITY OF THIS VOLCANO
EXPLORING ANDEAN SMALL VILLAGES
VISIT PUJILI MARKET
LEARN ABOUT THE LOCAL LEGENDS OF THE SACRED VOLCANOES
TREK IN COMPANY OF ELP EXPERT GUIDES
Day 1: Quito - Trek Chugchilan
Early in the morning, after a hearty breakfast, we will drive for 3 hours to Chugchilán village, from here we will begin our 4 to 5 hours trekking to adventure on small trails blazed by the mountain people and still used by locals to transport commercialized products, and to travel across canyons of the Andean range to reach neighbour communities. While trekking on this trail, often you see the traditional custom of exchanging goods with one another still being utilized. We will hike down across impressive canyons to later climb back up to top of the crater rim where you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Quilotoa Lake. The magic of this place will take your breath away.
Trekking time: 1 hour downhill from 10,498 ft. to the Toachi River at 9,800 ft. and then 2 and a half hours uphill to 13,000 ft. After, 1 hour and a half on flat terrain.
Total steps: 27,518
Accommodation: Hosteria Shalala or similar
Day 2: Trek Quilotoa - Quito
Quilotoa Crater Lake is our main goal on this day. After breakfast, we will take a hike down to the base of the crater in the middle of the volcano, on a beautiful step trail that has been considered sacred for all local communities that live around Quilotoa. Once in the lake, we will have some time to explore the crater of this mythical active volcano and go for a swim in volcanic waters if you wish.
Once in the crater we will take kayaks and paddle for half hour approximately to reach the heart of the volcano and see water springs coming from the activity of the volcano.
On the way back from the crater, if you consider yourself a bit tired, there is an unique opportunity to rent a mule and ride a very challenging steep trail.
In the afternoon we get transferred to Pujili, a small village with a very colourful market, located in the center of the Ecuadorian highlands, this is our opportunity to see the real life of the local people.
Trekking time: 1 hour downhill from 13,000 ft. to 12,000 ft. and then 1 hour and 20 minutes uphill same way back.
Total steps: 14,094
Optional kayaking time: 1 hour
Later in the afternoon we will drive back to Quito.
- Activities: 2 days Trekking the Quilotoa loop, visit the Quilotoa crater lake, kayaking in volcanic lakes, View of llamas and Alpacas, Cultural experience with the local people, Pujili Indian authentic market.
- Accommodation: 1 night at the Hosteria Alpaca.
- Transportation: Private and comfortable transport, truck.
- Meals Included: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner.
- EPL Trip Leader: Certified expert leaders and local guides.
- Group size: Small groups of 12 people maximum.
- Travel insurance (required)
- Meals not describe in the itinerary
- Not included fees: US$ 15 per person
- Personal expenses
- Extra meals – food budget US$ 40