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3-day Trek from Isinlivi to Laguna Quilotoa, Ecuador | Ecuador

3-day Trek from Isinlivi to Laguna Quilotoa, Ecuador

For 3 magnificent days, enjoy a trekking adventure from Isinlivi to the Laguna Quilotoa in Ecuador with ASEGUIM certified guide Fernando and his team.






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  • Spend 3 days visiting and exploring different areas of Ecuador.
  • Drive through the incredible Avenida de los Volcanoes.
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Quilotoa lagoon.


For 3 exciting days, explore some of the most beautiful spots in Ecuador. Those spots include the villages of Isinlivi and Chugchilan, as well as the gorgeous Quilotoa Lagoon (3,914m).

Our trip will start in the capital city of Quito. From the city, we will drive through the amazing Avenida de Los Volcanes, where you can gaze at a number of the country’s most incredible peaks. At the conclusion of the first day’s drive, we will arrive at the village of Isinlivi. For the rest of the day, you will get to explore the village, talk to the people living there and soak in the beauty.

On the second day of this trip, we will hike for approximately 4-5 hours. The hike is slightly challenging. As a result, participants on this trip should be in good physical condition. In the village of Chugchilan, you will get to enjoy the old styles of Ecuador, including regular donkey and horse transportation by the local population.

On the final day of this trip, we will make our way from Chugchilan to the Quilotoa Lagoon, via Huayama. During the trek, which can be challenging at points, you will get to enjoy great views of the Toachi River Canyon. When we reach the Quilotoa lagoon, you can marvel at the pure and reflective blue water in the middle of the crater before we depart and go to the village of El Chaupi.

This 3-day adventure is definitely a treat for anybody that has wanted to explore Ecuador. If you are interested, then send a request today and let’s start planning your adventure!

Would you like to enjoy a longer, more extensive trip to Ecuador? Then come on this 16-day adventure that will take you to several summits, including Cotopaxi and Chimborazo.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Along with the guiding fee, the price also includes transportation, hostal accommodations and meals, but does not include personal gear, such as clothes etc, flights, hotel in Quito, insurance and gratuities.

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Isinlivi (2,700m)

At approximately 8:00 am, we will leave Quito and make our way through the Avendia de los volcanes to the village of Isinlivi, where you will get to explore before resting for the night.

Day 2: Chugchilan (3,200m)

Today, at approximately 7:30 am, we will hike from Isinlivi to the village of Chugchilan. The hike will take about 4-5 hours and involve trekking down to the Toachi Canyon. We will spend the night in the Cloud Forest Hostal.

Day 3: Quilotoa Lagoon (3,914m)

From Chugchilan, we will hike to the Quilotoa lagoon. At the lagoon, you can rest, take pictures and explore. The hike will take approximately 4-5 hours. We will then drive to the village of El Chaupi.

About the guide: Fernando

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Mountain Leader

ASEGUIM Guide from Ecuador

Fernando Iza was born and raised in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador and knows the country’s peaks intimately. He is an official ASEGUIM mountain guide with more than 18 years of mountaineering experience climbing in all of Ecuador, as well as in South America, Switzerland, France, and the United States.

Fernando has worked for mountaineering companies in Ecuador, Europe and the United States from a young age. Now, he has set up his own basecamp at Ilinizas Mountain Lodge, right next to Iliniza Volcano, Rumiñahui Volcano, and the famous Cotopaxi Volcano. He has summited Cotopaxi more than 637 times and has summitted Chimborazo Volcano close to 200 times.

Fernando got his degree in Tourism Technology at Cenestur Institute, and in 2021 started studying Business administration with Cuosera.  

He has completed important courses such as:

  • Mountain Guides Course by ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides),
  • Mountain Guides Evaluation by ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme) in October 2006. This event was organized by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador and ENSA of France
  • Pre-course UIAGM, an event organized by ASEGUIM and ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme)
  • Wilderness first aid courses
  • Ecuadorian Red Cross courses
  • He speaks fluent Spanish and English, as well as a little German, French, Hebrew and Kichua


The most spectacular guided tours that Fernando has done.

  • Antisana South Peak Open new rout
  • Alpamayo
  • Matterhorn
  • Denali


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What people are saying about Fernando



There were no briefings about the upcoming itineraries, I’d mostly find along the way, what’s the plan. He would make changes to his moods. He didn’t inform me in adavance about the specifics of each refugio/ lodge/ camp concerning the distance from car, electricity and would make fun/made snide comments “your choice” of the things I packed at the aftermath, but offered no guidance. I have read from others that he is very knowledgeable and explained a lot- that hasn’t been my experience, he surely is an apt mountaineer, but he wasn’t actively explaining or showing things, he was just always on his cellphone. He could be very short, abrasive and inpatient. At one time even another climber intervened “to save me”



Our guide Fernando was great to adapt the trip for our two little girls. A great experience it was fir us all. Thank you.



Fernando and Sergio are very good guides, not only very safe and motivating in the mountains, but very nice between the climbs. And i have learned a lot too about the culture in the country. Their hotel near Illniza is perfectly located, safe and you are received as if your were at home with Fernando's family. And they will take care of everything, so you just have to concentrate yourself on the climbs. Thank you!



Thank you for putting this trip together for me at the last minute after my group canceled on me. Fernando was a great guide who knows the route up Cotopaxi very well. The meals and lodging were also great and well worth the price, in my opinion.



Great experience. We did Rumiñawi, corázon, and Illiniza Norte as acclimatization hikes. All of them were beautiful. We attempted Cotopaxi but had a snow storm and heavy winds during the night of the summit and we were forced to turn around. The 3 initial climbs prepared us well for Cotopaxi and the altitude. There were some technical scrambling portions on corazon and Illiniza which were very cool. Overall would highly recommend!

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