Quilotoa

 

Quilotoa is located in central Ecuador, south of Quito.

Its caldera lake, Laguna Quilotoa, is the highlight of the Quilotoa Loop and the Quilotoa Traverse, a multi-day village to village hiking route.

Laguna Quilota is a volcanic crater lake that sits at an elevation of 3,500m offering stunning views of both the lake and the mountain ranges surrounding it with views of Cotopaxi in the distance.

Hikers can go around the rim of the crater (approximately 5 hours) or descend 280m from the viewing deck to caldera lake (about 1 hour.)

The small village of Quilotoa lies to the southwest of the lake, and basic accommodation run by indigenous people are available.

 

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Hostal PrincesaToa

Offering an à la carte restaurant and a bar, Hostal PrincesaToa is located in Quilotoa. The hotel provides bike hires for scenic cycling to nearby landmarks and tour destinations. Average score from 37 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$100

 
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Hostal Chukirawa

Comfortable rooms with wood mountain views are offered in El Quilotoa, only 150 metres from Quilotoa bus station. Breakfast and dinner are included on the rates and guests are welcomed with complimentary tea. Free guided tours can be arranged. Average score from 276 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$29

 
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Hacienda La Cienega

Featuring a restaurant and a garden, Hacienda La Cienega offers free Wi-Fi and American breakfast in Latacunga. Guests are offered welcome cocktails and horse riding activities can be arranged for an extra fee. Average score from 84 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$68

 
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Hostal Dinos

Located in the city centre of Sigchos, 57 km from Latacunga, Hostal Dinos features a restaurant and free WiFi. Every room is equipped with a TV. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. A flat-screen TV is provided. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 7.1/10.

$14

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Hosteria Cotopaxi Tour

Featuring free WiFi and a children's playground, Hosteria Cotopaxi Tour offers accommodation in Tanicuchí. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$30

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Hosteria Cotopaxi Tour

Hosteria Cotopaxi Tour

Featuring free WiFi and a children's playground, Hosteria Cotopaxi Tour offers accommodation in Tanicuchí. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$30

$308.6
La Quinta Colorada

La Quinta Colorada

Offering a restaurant, La Quinta Colorada is located in Lasso. A free American breakfast, free WiFi access and free private parking are available. Average score from 43 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$45

 
$458.6
Hacienda La Cienega

Hacienda La Cienega

Featuring a restaurant and a garden, Hacienda La Cienega offers free Wi-Fi and American breakfast in Latacunga. Guests are offered welcome cocktails and horse riding activities can be arranged for an extra fee. Average score from 84 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$68

 
$688.6
Hostel Sendero de Volcanes

Hostel Sendero de Volcanes

Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a sun terrace, Hostel Sendero de Volcanes offers accommodation in Latacunga. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 254 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$7

 
$78.5
Hosteria San Jose de Sigchos

Hosteria San Jose de Sigchos

Offering an indoor pool, a terrace and a restaurant, Hosteria San Jose de Sigchos is located 3 km from Sigchos town centre. Free WiFi access is available in public areas. Featuring a shower, the private bathroom facilities come with free toiletries. Average score from 27 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$57

 
$578.4
Hotel Joshed Imperial

Hotel Joshed Imperial

Featuring free WiFi and a fitness center, Hotel Joshed Imperial offers pet-friendly accommodation in Latacunga, 36 km from Ambato. Breakfast in served daily.Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 24 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$28

$288.0
Hostal PrincesaToa

Hostal PrincesaToa

Offering an à la carte restaurant and a bar, Hostal PrincesaToa is located in Quilotoa. The hotel provides bike hires for scenic cycling to nearby landmarks and tour destinations. Average score from 37 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$100

 
$1007.7
Runa Wasi Quilotoa

Runa Wasi Quilotoa

Runa Wasi Quilotoa offers pet-friendly accommodation in Quilotoa. Latacunga is 72 km away. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site. Each unit is equipped with a private bathroom with a bath or shower. Towels are... Average score from 141 guest reviews: 7.5/10.

$23

 
$237.5
Hostal Chukirawa

Hostal Chukirawa

Comfortable rooms with wood mountain views are offered in El Quilotoa, only 150 metres from Quilotoa bus station. Breakfast and dinner are included on the rates and guests are welcomed with complimentary tea. Free guided tours can be arranged. Average score from 276 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$29

 
$297.3
Hostal Dinos

Hostal Dinos

Located in the city centre of Sigchos, 57 km from Latacunga, Hostal Dinos features a restaurant and free WiFi. Every room is equipped with a TV. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. A flat-screen TV is provided. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 7.1/10.

$14

$147.1
Samay Kirutoa Lodge

Samay Kirutoa Lodge

Samay Kirutoa Lodge is located in Quilotoa, 34 km from Latacunga. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$80

$80-

Highlights:

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Natural
Scenic Waterways

Caldera

Hike down to the caldera. It takes approximately 45 minutes to walk down and about 90 minutes to climb back up the 280m vertical escarpment. The path is unpaved and climbing at this altitude (from the lake at 3,500m asl) requires a relatively good level of fitness.

A four to five-hour hike around the caldera (whose diameter is just over 3 km). The caldera rim is highly irregular and reaches its maximum elevations (3810 m to the N, 3894 m to the NW and 3915 m to the SE) at three lava domes.

Hike along the Quilotoa loop in either direction. The next villages are approximately 12kms in either direction through beautiful Andean mountain scenery.
Volcanoes
Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The 3-kilometre (2 mi)-wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following a catastrophic VEI-6 eruption about 800 years ago. The route to the "summit" (the small town of Quilotoa) is generally traveled by hired truck or bus from the town of Zumbahua 17 km to the South, or more commonly by bus from Latacunga.
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