Day two was tougher than day one, but much better in terms of the views and terrain we dealt with. We set off before 9am, and managed to complete the hike to Chugchilan in 4 hours. This meant that we managed to avoid the afternoon rain (woo!!) and keep our stuff dry.
AJ and I hiked the Quilotoa Loop over 3 days, starting in Sigchos and ending at Quilotoa. Over the course of the three days we ascended over 1000 meters, covered around 40km and saw incredible views, all ending with the Quilotoa crater and lake. The hiking is difficult but not impossible, the scenery is fantastic and there is a real sense of achievement in reaching the final destination at the end of each day. While the hostels in the area provide maps and helpful tips to get through the trek, we couldn’t have made it through the hike without the invaluable trek notes from A Hiker’s Guide. There were a few areas where the notes weren’t completely clear, so in this article I want to provide you with a visual guide to the Quilotoa Loop, to supplement those trek notes. At the end I will provide a summary of what I’ve learned and tips for those of you who want to trek the loop.