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ACBQuilotoa crater rim and summit (Monte Juyende)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 20, 2017
After hiking for 3 days from Sigchos to reach Quilotoa town, we spent the following day hiking around the crater rim and going down to the lake and kayaking. At the time of our trip (December 2017) there was no charge to enter the town. We stayed 2 nights in Quilotoa town. The route around the crater is approximately 9.5 km and 690m e-gain. The high point is Monte Juyende at 3930 m and it is marked with a sign. The route has great views and is definitely worth doing. The following day we hiked out to Tigua and got a bus back to Latacunga.

Posted Jan 13, 2018 5:24 pm

HedUpBeautiful Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2017


The only hike I got to do in Ecuador...this time! Beautiful views and would be a great acclimation hike if you're heading up to another mountain. I made the hike in just under 3 hours because I was hurrying since my wife was waiting for me at the viewpoint. Leisurely pace would be 4 hours for a fit person.
Posted Feb 13, 2017 7:54 am

teddycricket83aclimating for cotopaxi  Sucess!


A beautiful way to acclimate!
Posted Aug 9, 2015 4:41 am

scgrantCrater rim summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2014


Did this hike on our rest day in between Illiniza Norte and Cotopaxi. Awesome hike.
Posted Jan 29, 2014 10:01 pm

whatdoIknowdown to the lake  Sucess!


Nice hike. I agree, the dogs are the biggest challenge. I heard later that the trick is to pick up a rock: they are used to being stoned and when they see someone bend down to pick a rock up, they run away. At least so I heard.
Posted Sep 20, 2013 3:11 pm

jm141302Rim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 26, 2013


Hiked the rim in about 5 hours at a leisurely pace. Really cool area. Nice weather. If we had more time, I would have liked to kayak in the lake.
Posted Jan 28, 2013 2:05 pm

tmfaust21Nice loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2010


Nice views of the Illinizas and Cotopaxi in the morning. Got cloudy about halfway round
Posted Jan 27, 2011 7:01 pm

PAROFESFrom Zumbahua  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 20, 2011


Long, long walk...at some point i got out of the road looking for a trail, got lost for about 15 min and after that found the little village on top of the crater rim...hiked down (big mistake for someone with a damn never ending cold hehehe) and after that hiked up again. Got a bus ride back to Quito and that's it. Tired as hell....but, fantastic views!
Posted Jan 21, 2011 8:25 am

jmitch421Hiked down to the lake


Hiked down to the lake .. amazing views! friendly locals
Posted Nov 2, 2010 2:21 pm

il.rocciatoreRoute Climbed: Crater Rim Date Climbed: february 2010  Sucess!


Hiked around the Quilotoa crater rim, thereby traversing Volcan Quilotoa. Fantastic views and great atmosphere. Continued hiking all the way to Chugchilán, which is a long trip, but definitely one of the most gorgeous hikes I have ever made!
Posted Apr 5, 2010 7:23 am

ncstDown the crater
Date Climbed: Feb 3, 2010


I wanted to hike the whole rim, but didn't have time since the last bus back to Latacungo supposedly leaves at 3pm (it then turned out that you can get to Zumbahua for 2.50 USD, from where there are more buses to Latacunga). It took a while to get there. So I just hiked down to the beach at the crater and back up. Very scenic ride to get there too!
Posted Feb 5, 2010 9:51 pm

camerona91Where is the true summit?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2009


Is the summit the summit looking thing about 1/3 of the way around counter clockwise from Quilotoa? We hiked the whole rim, definitely recommended.
Posted Jun 8, 2009 5:37 pm

bigbendbettyCrater rim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2009


The clouds started whisping in over the edge of the crater and down to the lake as I finished...just spectacular
Posted May 18, 2009 1:28 am

pattycolomaBreathtaking views!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2009


Breathtaking views along the whole crater rim. Simply spectacular!
Posted Apr 28, 2009 10:44 am

paisajeroamericanoBarefoot Walkabout  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 5, 2007


Funny, I didn't really think of this as a peak until now, but it certainly is a distinctive volcano. I camped down at the crater for two nights. In between, I hiked up and around the entire lake, partially at lake level, partially on the rim, and partially in between. The kids working down at the lake were super friendly. Don't miss the impressive canyons near Chugchilan if you end up heading over that way.
Posted Apr 6, 2008 11:42 am

Boriss AndeanRoute: Crater Rim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2007

Boriss Andean

Nice high altitude hike. Heloise (FRA) and I started at 2:10 pm after we hiked up and down from the lake.

Beautiful sunset with few intervals of rain. It took us 4 hours to hike the whole crater rim.
Posted Nov 24, 2007 5:53 pm

Fabrice.RimlingerCrater rim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2005


Wonderfull sunset and sunrise... must agree with the dogs issue !
Posted Jul 18, 2007 4:12 am

AndinoCrater Rim  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2007


Beautiful landscape, for a very nice walk.
Just a few dogs annoying us here and there. But they're just there to protect the fiels and the sheep nearby from any intruder.
Posted May 26, 2007 7:07 pm

ArioRoute Climbed: crater rim Date Climbed: May 25, 2005  Sucess!


With Spaniard Armando we hiked from town of Zumbahua and enjoyed the view from the summit in a perfect weather (just a bit windy).
Posted Nov 9, 2005 5:16 am

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