Enjoy a wonderful 3-day tour hiking accompanied by the best landscapes of the Andes. Local Indigenous Markets at Pujili or Saquisili. The Quilotoa Loop in the central highlands is a great way to experience the beautiful countryside of the Andes. You will pass indigenous and mestizo villages, meet local farmers and enjoy spectacular scenery with deep canyons, paramo highlands, and snow-capped peaks. Quilotoa is one of the most impressive craters in South America. On this trip, you will spend the nights in cozy lodges with fireplaces, so it is the perfect trek for does who want nature, but prefer staying at lodges instead of camping.
ItineraryDay 1: Local Traditional Markets Pujili or SaquisilíStop At: Mercado Indigena, Saquisili, Cotopaxi ProvinceThe Saquisili Market is a bustling weekly market in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador. Every Thursday, vendors from all over the highlands come to the market to sell their wares and show of the product of their labors. The colorful blend of textiles, heaping piles of produce, and local people in traditional Andean clothing with black fedoras is a sight to behold.While the Otavalo Market is recently geared more towards tourists passing through, the Saquisili Market caters to locals who come from the highlands to buy pots and pans, electronics, herbal remedies, livestock or produceDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Mama Hilda Lodge / or Black Sheep LodgeDay 2: Quilotoa - Chugchilan 4 hour hikeStop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi ProvinceQuilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3-kilometer (2 miles)-wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following a catastrophic VEI-6 eruption about 600 years ago, which produced pyroclastic flows and lahars that reached the Pacific Ocean and spread an airborne deposit of volcanic ash throughout the northern Andes. This last eruption followed a dormancy period of 14,000 years and is known as the 1280 Plinian eruption. The fourth (of seven) eruptive phase was phreatomagmatic, indicating that a Crater lake was already present at that time. The caldera has since accumulated a 250 m (820 ft) deep crater lake, which has a greenish color as a result of dissolved minerals.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Mama Hilda Lodge or Black Sheep LodgeDay 3: 4 hour Hike Chugchilan - IsinliviStop At: Canon del Rio Toachi, Pujili, Cotopaxi Province4-hour hike from Chugchilan to Isinlivi passing through Cañon del Toachi, indigenous Andes houses, and landscapeDuration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.