Day 01: Quilotoa Lagoon - Chugchilan (3914-meter).
Travel through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and pass through the Pujilí small town. Visit an indigenous local house from the “Paramos” to learn about their traditions and way of life. Continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where we start hiking from Laguna Quilotoa to Chugchilán, on the way we have beautiful views of the Toachi River Canyon. Walking along the crater edge with impressive views of the lagoon inside, then descend to the plateau of the small indigenous village Huayama. As we descend the switchback trails down to the Toachi River Gorge, the climate and scenery change dramatically.
The hike ranges around 5 hours and is moderately challenging. We will be staying at Mama Hilda Lodge in Chugchilan. This small village is a well-known destination for hikers and a typical mountain region village in Ecuador.
Day 02: Chugchilan - Isinlivi Village (3200-meter).
Breakfast in the hotel. Hike from Chugchilan to Isinlivi follows the Toachi canyon and a great part along the river. It passes through small highland villages and you will have the opportunity to have a glimpse into the traditional life of rural communities located at the very heart of the Sierra. The hike ranges around 4 hours and is moderately challenging. After lunch, we will drive back to Quito.