Adventure begins at 3000m along the popular Quilotoa Loop, a rough travelers’ route that takes you through indigenous villages and painters’ colonies to an azure crater lake and into the heart of Ecuador’s central highlands. The best thing about the loop is that you can custom-build your adventure. Want to volunteer in a sustainable agriculture project? No problem. Or would you like to hike from village to village on forgotten trails? Yep, they’ve got that, too.