Monday, August 02, 2021

3 Days Quilotoa Traditional Loop Self-guided Solo Budget Hike

41 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in Ecuador March 24 to May 04, 2021


QUILOTOA LOOP HIKE, ECUADOR (Apr. 2021)
- Ecuador's best and cheapest multi-day DIY hike, 3-days from Sighos to Quilotoa Lake (traditional) 
- 42km loop trail with 2,500m total altitude gain

Day 59: Apr. 04, 2021 Sun / Quilotoa Loop 0
0900H ETD Baños; bus 3
1100H ETA Latacunga; walk to hostel; lunch 2.5 
Prepare 3 Days / 3 Nights Quilotoa Loop Hike 
Hostel Central 1 night 8; pack snacks 5; dinner 3.5
TOTAL: $22

Day 60: Apr. 05, 2021 Mon / Quilotoa Loop 1
0715H ETD Hostel (left backpack); walk to Terrestre 
0800H ETD Latacunga; bus 2.5
1000H ETA Sighos (2,870masl); hike start; Descend / Ascend smooth trail (12km)
1400H ETA Isinlivi (2,880masl); Mirador de Calvario (2,985masl); Hostal Taita Cristóbal 15; snacks 2.5
TOTAL: $20

Day 61: Apr. 06, 2021 Tue / Quilotoa Loop 2
0730H ETD Isinlivi (2,880masl); Breakfast
1100H Mirador Canon de Toachi (2,988masl)
1300H ETA Chugchilan (3,120masl); Mirador Chugchilan (3,320masl); Hostal Cloud Forest 15; snacks 3
TOTAL: $18

Day 62: Apr. 07, 2021 Wed / Quilotoa Loop 3
0800H ETD Chugchilan (3,120masl); Breakfast
1200H ETA Quilotoa Laguna Mirador (3,750masl)
1400H ETA Quilotoa Town (3,890masl); Hostal Arcoiris 15; snacks 2
TOTAL: $17

1. Itinerary Quilotoa Loop Day 0 should be in Latacunga. Bus departures going to Sighos timings are 0500H, 0600H, 0800H and 1000H with $2.30 fare for 2 hours travel. 

2. This loop hike is a traditional route adventure from Latacunga to Sighos by bus then to Isinlivi, Chugchilan and Quilotoa by hiking then going back to Latacunga by bus. Reverse route starts in Quilotoa going to Sighos. 

3. Average expenses per day is $20 which totals to around $60 for 3 days. Hostel per night charges $15 that includes dinner (3 course) and breakfast. 

4. Day 1 (Sighos to Isinlivi) has easy smooth descend/ascend trail, 12km for 5 hours with 600m altitude gain. Day 2 (Isinlivi to Chugchilan) has average descend/ascend trail, 13km for 6 hours with 600m altitude gain. Day 3 (Chugchilan to Quilotoa) has difficult continuous ascend trail, 13km for 8 hours with 1,100m altitude gain. 

5. Be careful of the stray dogs along the trail, just pick any stone or long branch.

6. Arrive in Quilotoa Laguna Town before 1400H as the thick fogs and usual rains happen after. 

3 Days Quilotoa Traditional Loop Self-guided Solo Budget Hike

3 Days Quilotoa Traditional Loop Self-guided Solo Budget Hike

3 Days Quilotoa Traditional Loop Self-guided Solo Budget Hike

3 Days Quilotoa Traditional Loop Self-guided Solo Budget Hike

3 Days Quilotoa Traditional Loop Self-guided Solo Budget Hike

3 Days Quilotoa Traditional Loop Self-guided Solo Budget Hike

3 Days Quilotoa Traditional Loop Self-guided Solo Budget Hike

3 Days Quilotoa Traditional Loop Self-guided Solo Budget Hike

3 Days Quilotoa Traditional Loop Self-guided Solo Budget Hike

3 Days Quilotoa Traditional Loop Self-guided Solo Budget Hike


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