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.




Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period


Type of Trip



  • 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, I would like to guide you to some of the best, 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 be hiking 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. To join me on this adventure, just send me a request. I look forward to guiding you.

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

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Price per person

Group of 1
505 USD

Group of 2
505 USD

Group of 3
505 USD

Group of 4
505 USD

Group of 5
505 USD

Group of 6
505 USD

Group of 7
505 USD

Group of 8
505 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 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.


  • Day 1Isinlivi (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 2Chugchilan (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 3Quilotoa 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.


Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point



Hostals in the village of Isinlivi and the Cloud Forest hostal in Chugchilan.


About the Guide


ASEGUIM Guide from Ecuador.

I was born and raised in Cotopaxi Province – Ecuador and know the country’s peaks intimately. I have a great mountaineering experience of more than 12 years of climbing in all Ecuador, and I also climbed in South America, Switzerland and France.

I worked for the Nuevos Horizontes refuge on Ilinizas Volcano from a young age and have a professional Guide Training, and I am officially Licensed as Natural guide organized by Ministry of tourism.

Some of the guiding courses I attended are:

* 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. An event 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)
* First Aids course, Ecuadorian Red Cross

I live and manage a hostal and lodge in El Chaupi, a beautiful mountain village an hour south from Quito, just in between Illinizas Ecological Reserve and Cotopaxi National Park. It looks like a typical swiss town in the Alps, and has everything to become a great mountaineering center, the ‘Chamonix or Zermatt of South America’!

I speak fluent Spanish, English, and little German, French, Hebrew and kichua.



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What People are Saying about Fernando Iza


Great experience climbing with Fernando: Well organised and we made the summit with him on Chimborazo. I\'d recommend him for guiding in Ecuador.
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Barbara Matter
Fernando is an excellent and knowledgeable guide, and the itinerary is a nice balance of climbs and recovery time, including time to explore a couple of cities. He also made sure we were well-equipped for the climbs. The guides are geared more toward getting you up and down than toward building any technique. It\'s not billed as an instructional course, so that\'s not a complaint -- just pointing it out for those who like to use one experience to build to another rather than just reach the summit.
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