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Dec 12, 2014 - Quilotoa trek day 3; Chugchilan to Mt Quilotoa

We began walking out of town along a road, then it became steep down into another canyon heading toward a river way, way down. Of course that made for some spectacular views which we snapped up in photos. We continued our descent, crossed the river along some tree trunks and climbed directly up the other side. We hiked up toward an Indian village called Guayama. This was our first purely Indian (as opposed to mestizo) village and there were all kinds of signs of community development. In the past 10 years, the economics of agricultural...

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Mar 8, 2012 - Quilotoa

Quilotoa Up early for a 7.30am breakfast of fruits, cereal, yogurt and scrambled eggs with a cup of tea for what is supposed to be a 6hr walk around the lake with the Volcano caldera. We are at about 4000m so it’s pretty cold in the night but not too bad and as we started our walk the sun was out and it was pretty warm. It was nice to be doing this walk with the 3 Swedish guys and not on my own as usual. The first view of the lake was pretty impressive with the sun shining on the emerald green lake about 150m below the caldera. We walked...

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May 16, 2010 - Laguna Quilotoa

Quilotoa Laguna is 3914 m above sea level and is a Quechua community village. I arrived by bus because I was not up to anything more strenuous. I stayed with a local family who had just opened a hostel that had a mini art gallery as part of the downstairs. In the evening Maria (who seemed to run the place) had what seemed to be all of her female relatives around. They all sat around in front of the fire wearing bright shawls,hats,straight skirts and white stockings. Just like the women the family. When I arrived in Quilotoa I pretty much...

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Adios Amigos 2010

Feb 4, 2010 - La vuelta de Quilotoa y de la laguna

On se rend a Saquisili pour le marché du lendemain. Cette petite ville, un peu a l'ouest de la Panaméricaine, comstitue le point de départ de la boucle de Quilotoa. Contents d'arriver a l'hotel qui se situe sur la place principale du village, notre chambre nous offre une jolie vue sur celle-ci et l'église. Nous apprenons a l'hotel que Saquisili compte 8 marchés. Surpris, nous admirons de puis notre fenetre le va-et-vient des camions remplis de toutes sortes de choses: bétail en tous genres, herbes, tissus, etc.. Le lendemain, des...

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Mar 17, 2009 - Quilotoa

Wedsday January 14 I took a bus from Latacunga to Zumbahua, about a four- hour ride. I couldn´t rouse anyone at either one of the town's tiny hotels; so I hired a truck for five bucks to take me to the next village of Quilotoa. Quilotoa is a spectacular village totally run by indigenes people of the area. The village consists of a tiny store, an odd lot of basic hostels and a few houses. It is perched on the crater rim of Volcan Quilotoa. After staying the night at a hostel, I hiked to the village of Chugchilan, 9 miles due north....

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May 27, 2008 - Volcano Crater Lake Quilotoa, Ecuador (day 2)

HIKING ALONG THE RIM OF THE CRATER The next morning, after a semi-cold night sleeping at 4000m altitude, we woke up at 7AM to begin our 4-6 hour hike along the rim of the crater. To have energy, we order 2 sets of breakfast for USD 1 each at the hostel we stayed in. Unfortunately, it was still very foggy, cloudy, and a bit drizzling. So we put on our poncho rain jackets and off we go. We went couterclock-wise around the rim (later we were told it was easier going clockwise). A stray dog that apparently many people in the village despise...

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May 26, 2008 - Volcano Crater Lake Quilotoa, Ecuador (day 1)

TRAVELING TO QUILOTOA In the morning, after a hearty breakfast at the food market, we took at 10AM bus that goes all the way to Quilotoa Crater lake, passing through Zumbahua and few other villages on the way (USD 2/seat, 2 hours) The ride was beautiful as it climbs up to 4000m+ and the road winds along steep mountains and we saw many fields and indigenous people farming along the way. It was cloudy the whole way but the fog added to the the mystic of the place. When we arrived at around 12PM, we had a set lunch there (USD 1.5) and then...

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Oct 4, 2007 - Ecuador - Quilotoa

We travelled to the Quilotoa Volcano with our guide Angel via the small market town of Saquisili with a very interesting and good value market. The Quilotoa crater was formed when the volcano erupted in 1779 leaving a stunning turquoise blue lake. We walked/ran down from the crater to the water on a steep sandy track through deep canyons. The 300m climb back up at high altitude (about 4,000 m) was made easier for Fiona as she hired a mule from the boys at the lodge we stayed at. We then travelled on to the Cotopaxi Volcano, the highest...

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Jul 9, 2007 - Words cannot do Lake Quilotoa Justice!

This part of the country is beautiful. Rolling hills, volcanos and a lake in a massive crater! We caught the local bus from Latacunga to Laguna Quilotoa. The road curves around the andean mountains and eventually ends up at this tiny town that sits on ths side of the crater lake Quilotoa. This lake is enormous. It was mindblowing. I will add the photos in the next few days. The local people here speak spanish as a second language and Quechua is there first language. Its a fasinating language. We stayed in 'hotal'run by the local indigenous...

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May 21, 2007 - Ecuador - Cotopaxi - Quilotoa

Alli punzha! We were a bit sorry to leave the beaches of the coast behind, but it was more than worth it. The mountains of Ecuador are gorgeous. We had to take three buses and a truck to get to Quilotoa and had to stay overnight at the ugly (though welcoming) city of Quevedo, but then when we arrived we got our reward. We spent one night in a refuge by the rim of a volcano crater that had a beautiful green lake inside. The views were simply breath-taking and the people so charming it was hard to believe. This high plateau is inhabited by...

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May 12, 2007 - ECU: Zumbahua, Lagune Quilotoa, Pujili

Dieser Wochenendtrip in diese wunderschöne Landschaft mache ich zusammen mit Carlos, Kim und Julia (Slowakei) von der Schule. Zumbahua ist ein Dorf in den Bergen und 4 Stunden Busfahrt von Quito entfernt. Beim Samstagsmarkt können wir das alltägliche Gut der Bauern bestaunen. Ein Sauschädel vom Markt verdirbt mir beim späteren Mittagessen definitiv den Appetit. Beim samstäglichen Hausbau eines Besitzers packen seine ganze Familie und seine meisten Freunde an. Die nahe gelegene Lagune Quilotoa ist wunderschön und wir unternehmen die kurze...

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