Provincia de Cotopaxi Travel Guide

  • the massive Laguna Quilotoa
    the massive Laguna Quilotoa
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  • On the way to Quilotoa Lagoon
    On the way to Quilotoa Lagoon
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  • Latacunga
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Provincia de Cotopaxi Highlights

  • Pro
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     Stunningly beautiful 

  • Con
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     The altitude can challenge you if you're not used to it, and unpredictable weather means you may not see the summit 

  • In a nutshell
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     Majestic mountain splendour! 

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Laguna Quilotoa

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Latacunga

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Chugchilán

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Isinliví

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Pujilí

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Zumbagua

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Hacienda La Ciénega

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Hacienda Tigua

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Sigchos

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Saquisilí

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Laguna Quilotoa

  • The legend of Vulcán Quilotoa

    Laguna Quilotoa Things to Do

    A legend says that once upon a time the god of volcanoes, Quilotoa, lived at the surface of the lake and the Pacific god Toachi lived at the bottom. Quilotoa didn’t like the presence of Toachi and therefore throw a ray of light towards him to make him leave. Toachi got angry and throw fireballs back at Quilotoa, who of course fired back. It was...

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  • Hostal Cabanas Quilotoa

    Laguna Quilotoa Hotels

    I stayed two nights at Hostal Cabañas Quilotoa where I paid $12 per night (July 2011) including...

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  • Reconstructions

    Laguna Quilotoa Things to Do

    I hiked from Chugchilán to Quilotoa both in 2011 and in 2012. The later year they hade done some improvements along the trail. There were now sings at several places pointing out the direction and the distance. Along the trail they had also put up benches and bins. From the bench in the photo it is a great view over Laguna Quilotoa and it looks...

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Latacunga

See all 47 Latacunga Tips
  • From Latacunga to Ambato, and back

    Latacunga Transportation

    I walked to the bus terminal and just as I arrived a bus outside the terminal was leaving for Ambato. I hopped on and got a seat. I sat next to a man from Ambato whose name was Darwin. Near Ambato there was a lot of traffic and the bus travelled slowly. In Ambato I had planed to go to the terminal and take a bus to the centre from there. Darwin...

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  • Hostal Tiana

    Latacunga Hotels

    I think Hostal Tiana is overpriced, but it is a good place to meet other travellers and exchange...

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  • To Latacunga from Chugchilán

    Latacunga Transportation

    The buses from Chugchilán to Latacunga leaves very early in the morning. I can’t remember if it was at 3am or 4am, but it was absolutely too early. Another option for me was to share a pickup with people who were going to Quilotoa, and take the bus at 13.00 from Quilotoa to Latacunga. A pickup from Chugchilán to Quilotoa cost $25 (July 2012) for up...

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Chugchilán

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  • The wrong path from Quilotoa to...

    Chugchilán Things to Do

    My plan for that day had not been to walk to Chugchilán but to walk around the Quilotoa crater. However it was too windy for that as the path at some points goes close to the edge and it was very dangerous. And in Quilotoa there was no electricity and no water, so I decided to walk back to Chugchilán instead. As I had walked the opposite way, from...

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  • Hiking from Isinliví to Chugchilán –...

    Chugchilán Things to Do

    In 2011 I had followed a description from Llullu Llama and I know I would have found the same way in 2012 without problems, but I had heard there was another way and was interested in taking that. I thought it would be possible to walk over the hills and cross Rio Toach by the suspension bridge. However I was told before I set out that I should not...

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  • Hiking from Chugchilán to Quilotoa

    Chugchilán Things to Do

    Hiking from Chugchilán to Quilotoa is quite easy to do on your own. As you can see the rim of the Quilotoa crater from Chugchilán you will know the direction. I left Chugchilán after breakfast, but before leaving a man at the hostel drew me a simple map.With the map it was easy to find the starting point of the trail in Chugchilán. For a while you...

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Isinliví

See all 9 Isinliví Tips
  • Hiking from Isinliví to Chugchilán –...

    Isinliví Things to Do

    In 2011 I had followed a description from Llullu Llama and I know I would have found the same way in 2012 without problems, but I had heard there was another way and was interested in taking that. I thought it would be possible to walk over the hills and cross Rio Toach by the suspension bridge. However I was told before I set out that I should not...

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  • Hostal Llullu Llama

    Isinliví Hotels

    I paid for my nights at Hostal Llullu Llama when I was in Latacunga at Hostal Tiana as the hostels...

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  • What to bring when hiking in the...

    Isinliví What to Pack

    If you are hiking between the villages in the Quilotoa area it is good to leave some of your luggage somewhere else, as you will be hiking for many hours at high altitude. I left many things at Hostal Tiana in Latacunga, where I stayed both before and after visiting the Quilotoa area (2011). I was away for a week. I packed what I needed for that...

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Pujilí

See all 9 Pujilí Tips
  • Main Square

    Pujilí Favorites

    Pujuli's main plaza is very well-kept with a gated central area full of tended gardens and palm trees. On one end you'll find the church and at the other the Municipal building. Surrounding the rest of the plaza are some nice colonial style homes. We were there on Sunday and it appeared that the whole town was at the market a few blocks away, so...

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  • La Quinta Sumalo

    Pujilí Hotels

    Camino de Sumalo Barrio Sumalo/Isinche Canton de Pujili Cotopaxi, Ecuador

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Church

    Pujilí Things to Do

    We came to Pujili mostly to see the 4th oldest church in Ecuador located right in the middle of town in the main square. The facade of the church is simple and unadorned and it faces the square. Inside, if you can get in, you'll find a long vaulted brick nave with carvings lining the walls. It's all kind of somber, until you get a glimpse at the...

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Zumbagua

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  • Market in Zumbahua

    Zumbagua Things to Do

    Every Saturday there is a market in Zumbahua and it is a very colourful and interesting market, especially the animal market. The animal market begins already at 5am when people from the surrounding villages are coming in to Zumbahua with their llamas, sheep, pigs and cows to sell. I arrived at 6.30 and then the muddy market ground was filled with...

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  • Breakfast in Zumbahua

    Zumbagua Restaurants

    I was going to eat breakfast when I returned to Posada de Tigua after visiting the market in Zumbahua, but so long I couldn’t wait for coffee and something to eat. At the market there are several food stands and I sat down at one on the main square. There I bought two big warm fried empanadas and a coffee. The empanadas didn’t have any filling but...

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  • From Tigua to the market in Zumbahua and...

    Zumbagua Transportation

    One option, if you stay at Posada de Tigua and want to visit the market in Zumbahua early in the morning, is to walk the 800 metres up to the main road in the dark and wait for an early bus. Another option is to take a private transport from the posada, and that is what I and a Dutch couple did. We shared the price of $20 (July 2011) one way and...

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Hacienda La Ciénega

  • The grounds

    Hacienda La Ciénega Favorites

    When you pass through the lobby and enter into the rear courtyard, you are entering into a very tranquil spot, with nice plants and flowers and a fountain in the center. There is even a small chapel off to the side. The whole thing works because it's beautiful without being overly manicured and well-tended. The paint is chipping in places and the...

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  • Cotopaxi

    Hacienda La Ciénega Off The Beaten Path

    Cotopaxi is located very close to La Cienega making this an excellent base for exploring the famous Andean peak and the national park named after it. French scientists studying Cotopaxi in the 18th century came to La Cienega after the volcano's destructive eruption forced them to move farther away from its fury.

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  • Quilotoa Loop

    Hacienda La Ciénega Off The Beaten Path

    La Cienega is an ideal base of exploration for the beautiful region knows as the Quilotoa Loop. The other small towns along the pathway of the loop do not have this type of quality accommodation choices, so if you'd like to be in a picturesque setting that still offers modern amenities and is well situated to see the sights along the loop, then...

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Hacienda Tigua

  • Beautiful surroundings

    Hacienda Tigua Off The Beaten Path

    The drive from Pujili up through the mountains and paramo toward Tigua, is very, very beautiful. The rolling hills and sweeping panoramas of hillsides dotted with cultivated, checkered fields and the occasional thatched roof hut, is really something to take in slowly and leisurely as if looking on it while lingering over a fine wine.

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  • Play with a bull!

    Hacienda Tigua Things to Do

    As part of the celebration we experienced in Tigua the night we were there, the locals seemed to be tormenting a couple bulls. At one point, one of the bulls escaped from the pen and there was a minor panic, but soon enough a group of men got the thing rounded up and order was restored. It was quite a spectacle and my buddy Jonathan and I became...

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  • Party with the locals

    Hacienda Tigua Things to Do

    The night we were in Tigua, the locals were celebrating a school that had received some funding from an international source. They were all out tormenting a bull or two, drinking, dancing and generally whooping it up Andean style! We strolled down and received a few strange looks, but mostly saw smiling faces and people who were happy to have us...

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Sigchos

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  • From Latacunga to Isinliví, via Sigchos

    Sigchos Transportation

    I had planned to take the bus to Isinliví from Latacunga at 13.00 and I arrived at the terminal in good time because I remember the bus filled up quickly last year. At the terminal I went over to the counter where it said Isinliví and Sigchos on a sign. It was 12.15 and the man said it was a bus leaving that moment. I asked if it was a direct bus...

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  • Eating in Sigchos

    Sigchos Restaurants

    As many other people we went to one of the restaurants to eat or drink something when we arrived to Sigchos. I ordered a chicken soup, which came with a piece of bread as well. The soup tasted good, but I could have been without the chicken feet in it. The soup was $1 (July 2011).This festival day there were several cheap food stands in town and...

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  • To Sigchos from Isinliví

    Sigchos Transportation

    There was going to be a festival in Sigchos on the Sunday, and the volunteer from Llullu Llama, Glady’s who also works there and her children were all going. So we, all the tourists, decided to go as well. To be sure to get a ticket for the bus we went to the village square after dinner to buy a ticket each. The driver and the other man working on...

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Saquisilí

See all 9 Saquisilí Tips
  • Special Necklaces

    Saquisilí Local Customs

    While I was travelling through Ecuador, I noticed that most ladies were wearing gold coloured necklaces.That looked very nice. One of the ladies in our travel group did know the story on the necklaces.These necklaces were originally coming from Czechy. And originally it was used for Christmas decoration.But how this golden decorations got here,...

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  • Local people

    Saquisilí Favorites

    The favourite thing about Saquisili is without doubt the Thursday morning local market.It seems to be one of the most important Indian village markets of the country.This is still an authentic local market, were the locals are selling and buying goods. It is not touristy at all. The colourful dressed ladies.

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  • Dress code

    Saquisilí Local Customs

    One of the main reasons why I love to visit a local market is the fact that on such a market you can see the daily life of the local people.Most local markets aren't set up for the tourists. And like this it is also an excellent opportunity to see the local dress code.At this local market in Saquisili most ladies were dressed with colourful scarfs...

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Tigua

See all 6 Tigua Tips
  • Tigua paintings

    Tigua Local Customs

    People around Tigua have painted drums and masks used at festivals for many generations, but it was not until the 1970s that they started to make paintings to sell. It all started when a foreigner was interested in buying an old drum from Julio Toaquiza, a young man from the area. He later got the idea to paint on flat canvases made by sheepskin....

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  • Hiking from Quilotoa to Tigua

    Tigua Things to Do

    I had heard that you should not do the hike from Quilotoa (3900m) to Tigua (3500m) without a guide as it is very difficult to find the right way, but I had also heard it is possible to do the hike alone, but you must ask people you see along the way for direction. I decided to do the hike alone, but without a map and description it was not easy....

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  • What to bring when hiking in the...

    Tigua What to Pack

    If you are hiking between the villages in the Quilotoa area it is good to leave some of your luggage somewhere else, as you will be hiking for many hours at high altitude. I left many things at Hostal Tiana in Latacunga, where I stayed both before and after visiting the Quilotoa area. I was away for a week. I packed what I needed for that week in...

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